Saturday, 13 May 2017

Doncaster Rovers Belles 2 v Aston Villa Ladies 1 - FAWSL Spring Series

Saturday 13th May 2017
FAWSL Spring Series
at the Keepmoat Stadium
Donny Belles (2) 2
Kirsty Hanson 21
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk 40
Aston Villa Ladies (0) 1
Maddy Cusack 78 mins
Admission - Spring  Season Series Season Ticket
Attendance 457
Doncaster Rovers Belles:
Davies, Barker, Little, Tierney, Pacheco, Rayner (Newborough 76), Walton, Simpkins, Murray, Hanson, Sweetman-Kirk. Unused subs: Davies, Mosby, Bakowska-Mathews
Aston Villa Ladies:
Beattie, Hassall, Richards, Porter (Hurley 46), George (West 46), Jones, Shepherd, Cusack, Rouse, George, Welsh (Crackle 82), Baptiste
The Belles beat their visitors, who used to be called Solihill Ladies, until Aston Villa took them under their wing, courtesy of two first half strikes from Kirsty Hanson and Courtney Sweetnam-Kirk, the first of which Chloe Beattie almost kept out and the second of which was set up by a well measured pass from the scorer of the first, after Nicki Davies had thwarted Kerri Welsh with a great save earlier in the game.
Maddy Cusack pulled a goal back for the visitors with twelve minutes remaining, after the Belles keeper Davies had kept out efforts from Welsh and Mollie Rouse.
Both goalkeepers had good games or this could have been a higher scoring game all round.
Apologies to the people I was supposed to be meeting at Wakefield City v Thornton United, West Riding League Division One game today, I didn't manage to leave Retford until around 2.20PM this afternoon, so the 2.30pm kick off wasn't logistically feasible, but I did reach the Keepmoat Stadium for 2.54pm so my trip wasn't entirely wasted.