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Belles and Academy share spoils
 Women's Football News 9 Sep 2012
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 (Sigsworth 68) Bristol Academy 1 (Del Rio 71)
An improving Doncaster Rovers Belles side extended their unbeaten run in the league to three games as they shared the points with Bristol Academy, who are still yet to lose on the road this season. 
 
Doncaster went into their penultimate home game of the season on the back of victory over Lincoln and a hard fought draw at Everton, and looked full of confidence and belief against a side still with one eye on the FAWSL title.

Aine O'Gorman went closest to breaking the deadlock during an open first half when her 25-yard effort had to be tipped over the bar by an alert and agile Siobhan Chamberlain.

Katie Holtham should have done better with a free header from a corner, while Grace McCatty wasted an almost identical opportunity at the other end.

Both sides looked to be cancelling each other out after the break before finding the net within minutes of each other. Jess Sigsworth broke the deadlock for the Belles midway through the second half when she latched onto Millie Bright's through ball and kept her cool to slot past Chamberlain.

The England youth international had missed an almost identical chance just moments earlier during an entertaining encounter at the Keepmoat Stadium, watched by 523 fans.

Academy equalised almost immediately though, when the Belles failed to deal with a routine ball into the box and Laura Del Rio prodded home from close range.

Del Rio almost won it for Bristol when she hit the inside of the post and Nikki Watts fired a late chance just wide but Belles were full value for a share of the spoils.
 
The result still leaves the Belles with a chance of climbing out of the bottom two but Academy may now need maximum points from their final three games if they are to claim the runners-up spot. 
 
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Mary Earps, Lyndsey Cunningham, Lucy Sowerby, Leandra Little, Tanya Oxtoby, Katie Holtham, Jess Sigsworth, Alyssa Lagonia, Aine O'Gorman, Millie Bright, Kasia Lipka. Subs: Naomi Chadwick, Sarah Saxon.

Bristol Academy: Siobhan Chamberlain, Grace McCatty, Jaz Matthews, Alex Windell, Corinne Yorston, Jemma Rose, Laura Del Rio Garcia, Nikki Watts, Natasha Harding, Jessica Fishlock, Ellie Curson. Subs: Ann Marie Heatherson, Loren Dykes, Rachel Simkin, Melissa Lawley. 

 

 
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