Doncaster Belles: Solitary Smedley strike downs Town

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A last-gasp match-winner from Jade Smedley helped Doncaster Belles’ under-16s down league leaders Huddersfield Town 1-0, writes Chris Wright.

The narrow victory closes Huddersfield’s lead to four points over the Belles who have three matches in hand.

Handsworth Juniors, however, move level on points with Huddersfield having played a game more than the Belles after they beat Aston Swallownest 4-0.

Doncaster Belles’ under-11s Whites went down 4-1 against Worksop Town, a side who are locked head-to-head at the top of the table with our very own Reds.

Ellie Teager scored for the Belles in a very good performance which shows that on their day there isn’t a lot of difference between foot of the table Whites and the top teams as the Belles put in a much-improved performance.

Meanwhile, the Reds won 4-0 in their match against Dronfield to continue their undefeated run. Goals came from Milie Guest, Emily Hatherway (2) and Ellie Eall - who also won ‘Lass of the Grass’.

With both sides having played 10 matches with maximum points, the Belles just edge matters on goal difference by one.

The unbeaten under-13s had an epic encounter with Carcroft village with manager Ian Trevillion reporting that their opposition were in fact unlucky in defeat.

The Belles’ luck held out as they triumphed 2-0 thanks to a double from Jodie Shakespeare.

Doncaster enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the but found it very difficult to break down a dogged Carcroft side.

The match marked a debut for new signing for goalkeeper Maddie Hogg who came on in the second half and pulled off a succession of fine saves as a spirited Carcroft side pushed the Belles all the way.

The under-14s are proving to be a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde side this season turning in sublime performances at times but then failing to perform in others.

This week they managed to draw 1-1 with sixth-placed Wickersley Youth.

Doncaster’s scorer was Laura Cogill with a long range effort from a free kick.

The unbeaten under-15s roll on thanks to a 5-1 victory over fifth-placed Handsworth Juniors.

Phoebe Sneddon struck twice with further goals coming from Kirsty Nelsthorpe, Libby Watson and an own goal.

The result sees the Belles, who have a game in hand, regain top spot on goal difference from Sheffield Wednesday.

A Sheffield Wednesday opener helped galvanise the under-18s towards a 7-1 win.

Lori Hudson levelled proceedings before neting her hat-trick alongside a triple from Holly Housley. Sophie Thompson finished off the tie which sees Doncaster consolidate their second spot in the table after leaders Barnsley Reds and third-placed Sheffield United Community Ladies Whites had their match postponed.

Heading into the festive break, Doncaster Belles boast three unbeaten sides in the under-11s Reds, under-13s and under-15s - all of which are top of their respective divisions.

The academy also has two second-placed sides - the under-14s and under-18s - with the under-16s in third.