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Doncaster Rovers Belles 6 (Bright 9,48, Smith 68, Sigsworth 71, Sweetman-Kirk 79, England 82)
Aston Villa 1 (Wilkinson 26)
The Belles bounced back from their first league defeat of the season in style with a comfortable victory over Aston Villa.
A brilliant brace, with strikes either side of the interval, from Millie Bright including a stunning free kick inspired the home side to victory. Further second half goals from Sue Smith, Jess Sigsworth, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Beth England sealed the points at the Keepmoat Stadium in a dominant showing. Katie Wilkinson had levelled for the visitors midway through the first half but that was all they had to shout about in game dominated by the Belles.
Gordon Staniforth's side enjoyed early pressure with the first real chance falling to Sigsworth who saw a shot blocked after a great run from Sweetman-Kirk. The deadlock was broken after nine minutes when Sue Smith was brought down on the edge of the area. Bright stepped up and whipped a wonderful effort past Natalie Courtney in the Villa goal to give her side the advantage.
Losing the early goal seemed shock the visitors into life, making them more difficult to break down and they grabbed an equaliser on 25 minutes. A corner from the left found an unmarked Wilkinson at the back post and she poked the ball past Nicola Hobbs to make it 1-1.
Sweetman-Kirk had half a chance to put the hosts back in front when a delightful ball from Victoria Williams found her in the box but her effort came back off the post and into the hands of a grateful Courtney. Bright rifled a shot just over the bar as the Belles looked to get back on the front foot, despite a scare when Alicia Robinson broke clear but Hobbs saved well. England had the golden opportunity to put the Belles in front going into the break but her half volley sailed over the bar meaning the sides went into half time on level terms.
It wasn't level for long after the break when Bright doubled hers' and the Belles tally with a powerful shot on the turn after England teed her up. Once again the visitors seemed spurred on by going behind and pushed forward to get back on terms; Emma Foliis and Lauren Walker causing problems for the Belles back line.
However, Leandra Little and her defence held firm and following a swift break away from a Villa corner, the ball eventually found its way to Smith at the back post to slot home after Sweetman-Kirk saw an effort saved.
The third goal gave the Belles freedom to play and England should have made it four when Sweetman-Kirk squared the ball but she somehow turned the ball wide. It was four seconds later though as from the following goal kick, Kasia Lipka set Sigsworth free who calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner.
Smith then saw an audacious effort cannon back off the bar as the home side produced a stunning second half performance.
The goals continued to flow and Sweetman-Kirk deservedly added a fifth, dinking the ball over a stranded Courtney in the Villa goal.
Smith went close with ten minutes to go but could only volley over from Sigsworth's cross before England smashed the ball home to make it six.
As the game drew to a close substitute Ashleigh Mills and Sweetman-Kirk saw efforts saved as Staniforth's side bounced back in superb fashion to gain three points once again.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Lyndsey Cunningham, Victoria Williams, Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Kasia Lipka, Jess Sigsworth (sub Hope Knight 86mins), Sue Smith (sub Ashleigh Mills 86mins), Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Millie Bright, Beth England.
Aston Villa: Natalie Courtney, Hayley Crackle (sub Dani Petrovic 58mins), Chloe Jones, Sherry McCue, Maisie Baker, Jade Richards, Emma Follis, Elisha N'Dow, Katie Wilkinson, Alicia Robinson (sub Sarah Mayling 53mins), Lauren Walker (sub Carly Davies 78mins).
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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