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Doncaster Rovers Belles 7 (Smith 7,23,45, Sweetman-Kirk 15,87, Bright 54, England 90)
London Bees 0
The demons of Durham were exorcised as the Belles bamboozled the Bees at the Keepmoat Stadium to keep up the pressure on WSL 2 leaders Sunderland.
The hosts started the brighter and an early spell of pressure resulted in the first shot after five minutes. Beth England found space outside the area but her effort lacked the necessary conviction and went harmlessly over.
It didn't take long however, for the deadlock to be broken. Sue Smith picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and fired an unstoppable effort past the helpless Sophie Harris.
Anneka Nuttall will be wondering how she didn't level the scores moments later. A free kick from the right was played in deep and the striker was found unmarked at the far post but her volley was weak and went narrowly past Hobbs' post.
The significance of this miss became even more apparent after 15 minutes. After Courtney Sweetman-Kirk saw an initial effort saved, she followed up to finish emphatically, opening her Belles goalscoring account in the process.
Eight minutes later and it was three. The Belles won a free kick on the corner of the box, and Sue Smith stepped to curl magnificently past Harris into the top corner.
Gordon Staniforth's side still probed looking to add a fourth. A good turn of pace from England allowed her to burst into the area, but her pullback was just behind the onrushing attackers. Moments later she picked up on a poor piece of defending, but saw her effort fly over the bar.
As the game ticked into injury time, Smith grabbed her hat-trick. A lapse in concentration in the Bees back line saw her clean through on goal, and she kept her cool to slot past Harris amid wild celebrations from her teammates.
The Bees replaced their goalkeeper with Imogen Riches at the interval but it had little effect as the Belles added a fifth shortly after the restart. Neat build up play fashioned an opening for Millie Bright, who powered a shot past Riches.
Following the fifth, the Bees started to apply some pressure of their own. A string of set pieces proved to no avail, as the visitors failed to fashion any clear cut opportunities.
After bagging her first goal for the Belles earlier in the game, Sweetman-Kirk was getting a taste for goal. Substitute Hope Knight flashed a cross across the face of goal which she narrowly couldn't get on to. Seconds later her shot from a tight angle went inches wide.
An even better chance presented itself moments later. Cunningham found the striker in the area, and she turned before seeing her effort ricochet off the post. Knight met the follow up, but could only put it wide.
Sweetman-Kirk secured her sought after brace with only three minutes remaining. She caused mayhem in the area and after a scramble, she poked home to increase the lead to six. England then got a deserved goal in injury time as she reacted quickest after Leandra Little's header hit the bar.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Lyndsey Cunningham, Rhiannon Roberts, Leandra Little, Victoria Williams, Kasia Lipka, Reanne Thomas (sub Ashleigh Mills 80mins), Sue Smith (sub Hope Knight 66mins), Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Millie Bright, Beth England.
London Bees: Sophie Harris (sub Imogen Riches 45mins), Paula Howells, Samantha Chappell, Aoife Hurley, Billie Brooks, Taylor O'Leary, Amber Gaylor (sub Emma Davies 77mins), Rebecca Anderson, Anneka Nuttall, Dawn Mallett, Sydney Hinchcliffe (sub Lucy Loomes 64mins).
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Photo: Millie Bright scores the Belles' fifth goal (Julian Barker).
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