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Watford 1 (Wilson 40) Doncaster Rovers Belles 3 (England 52,59, Thomas 75)
Watford put in a good and spirited performance despite falling 3-1 at home to Doncaster Rovers Belles who deserved the points on the day.
A great first half display saw the Golden Girls ahead 1-0 at the break thanks to Jo Wilson's 40th minute strike but the Belles showed their quality in the second half as a Beth England double and a Reanne Thomas effort helped secure the victory.
Watford made an encouraging start to the game, both defending well and keeping possession of the ball. Doncaster then started to get into the game more, first Courtney Sweetman-Kirk headed straight at Lauren Davey before Victoria Williams headed over from a corner. Some superb defending from Josie Green kept it scoreless, Sue Smith's effort was goalbound but Green got back to clear it off the line.
The Lady Hornets forced Hobbs into action after 32 minutes, good work from Kim Farrow in keeping hold of the ball allowed Megan Wynne to get a 20-yard shot away which was well saved.
Defensively Watford were superb all half but when they got the chance to go forward they did, taking the lead on 40 minutes. Again good work from Farrow saw the ball played through to Wilson, who showed composure to finish past Hobbs into the bottom corner.
Watford were finishing the half the stronger, Wynne sent a great ball into the box but a yellow shirt couldn't get on the end of it. The half time whistle went and Watford led 1-0 at the break, no more than the effort levels deserved.
Davey had little to do in the Watford goal during the first half but she would put in a great performance in the second as the Belles started to create more chances. She was alert early on in the opening stages of the second half, preventing an own goal with a great fingertip save.
Doncaster would equalise a minute later despite Davey's best efforts, she saved well from Millie Bright but it was played back for England to tap in and make it 1-1.
The Watford keeper continued her fine form, tipping Kasia Lipka's 30-yard effort over via a little help from the crossbar.
On the hour mark, the visitors took the lead. Sweetman-Kirk played the ball through to England who powered it into the bottom right hand corner.
Three minutes later Davey produced arguably her best save of the game, Sweetman-Kirk's effort from ten yards out was fantastically pushed away. The hosts were finding it hard to create chances in the second half, a free kick was cleared to Stacie Donnelly but she could only shoot wide.
Doncaster got the crucial goal with fifteen minutes of the game remaining, Williams cross towards the back post finding Thomas to make it three.
While no one could argue that the visitors didn't deserve the win, both the effort and performance levels from Watford show that the next three points aren't far around the corner.
Watford: Lauren Davey, Hollie Wride, Chloe Gunn, Ashleigh Deacon (sub Ella Hill 68mins), Renee Hector, Leighanne Robe, Josie Green, Stacie Donnelly, Jo Wilson, Megan Wynne, Kim Farrow.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Lyndsey Cunningham (sub Ashleigh Mills 65mins), Victoria Williams, Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Kasia Lipka, Hope Knight (sub Reanne Thomas 60mins), Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Millie Bright (sub Molly Johnson 79mins), Beth England.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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