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Everton 1 (Williams 51) Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 (Little 13)
Everton's slim hopes of capturing the FA WSL title look to be over after they were held to a 1-1 draw by a battling Doncaster Rovers Belles side.
Mo Marley's side do move back into second place but they now appear to be locked in a three-way battle for the runners-up position alongside Birmingham City and Bristol Academy.
Belles started the game brightly and took the lead from a 13th minute corner, when Leandra Little headed against the bar, a scramble concluded with Little first to react to fire home from close range.
Everton striker Natasha Dowie headed just wide and also forced a decent save from Mary Earps with a low effort shortly after. Belles should have made it two when Jess Sigsworth broke down the right hand side but failed to pick out Aine O'Gorman in the middle.
Everton equalised in the 51st minute when Fara Williams' turned brilliantly in midfield before striking a 25-yard shot over keeper Earps.
Twice in the next 60 seconds, Mo Marley's side could then have gone ahead as Dowie shot across goal before just heading over. Earps' next involvement was parrying a powerful Michelle Hinnigan volley.
Then some superb Katie Holtham defending prevented Nikita Parris scoring. Doncaster were also relieved to see a Jill Scott effort hacked off the line.
The Belles defence came under increasing pressure as the home side went all out for a winner but the visitors held out and almost snatched victory in the dying minutes, first when striker Millie Bright's deflected shot forced keeper Rachel Brown into a brilliant save. Then O'Gorman was marginally flagged offside when she broke clear to lob home past the advancing Brown.
Everton: Rachel Brown, Brooke Chaplen, Alex Greenwood (sub Becky Easton 39mins), Fara Williams, Lucy Bronze, Lindsay Johnson (sub Jody Handley 68mins), Gwennan Harries, Jill Scott, Natasha Dowie, Michelle Hinnigan, Nikita Parris.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Mary Earps, Lindsay Cunningham, Victoria Williams, Leandra Little, Tanya Oxtoby, Katie Holtham, Jess Sigsworth, Alyssa Lagonia, Aine O'Gorman, Millie Bright, Kasia Lipka.
(Report by www.TheFA.com)
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