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Chelsea Ladies 3-4 Doncaster Rovers Belles

A good weekend for Doncaster in the capital was capped as the Rovers Belles also tamed the Lions. The Belles returned to winning ways with an eventful win over Chelsea at Imber Court, the home of Met Police FC. After going out of the FA Cup at Cardiff last weekend, this match also began in a disappointing fashion for the Belles as the home side took the lead; Susi turning home White’s cross to put Chelsea in front.

The Belles however were not behind belong as Carla Cantrell equalised, her right wing corner curling straight into the Chelsea net. And minutes later the Belles were in front; Vicky Exley put top scorer Liz Hansen through and the forward made no mistake with a left-footed finish. Precious Hamilton had already hit the crossbar before the Belles completed a remarkable first half turn around with a third goal before the break; Exley turning home Cantrell’s free-kick.

The Londoners came out fighting after the break and narrowed the deficit as Susi grabbed her second goal, finishing from eight yards after the Belles failed to clear a Chelsea free-kick. A bad start to the half got even worse for the Belles as goalkeeper Caroline Collie was forced off with an ankle injury.

However, Doncaster were given breathing space again as Liz Hansen restored their two goal lead finishing from Exley’s lay-off to make it 4-2. The match was still not over however as the hosts pulled another goal back late on; Smiths coring from close range, but it proved too little too late for Chelsea as the ells held on for a 4-3 victory that leaved them eighth in the Womens’ Premier League.

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About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.

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