Football: Houseley stars as Belles u18s hit seven

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Playing Sheffield United Community Ladies (Reds) for the second time in three weeks provided an early opportunity to assess the progress of Belles’ under-18s side, writes Chris Wright.

The Belles settled quickly for the second week running and got straight into their passing and moving game.

SUCL Reds had a few half chances in the opening 45 minutes and although there were one or two moments, Leanne Swift in goal managed to keep a clean sheet in the opening half.

The Belles went in front as Holly Houseley shook off her marker and crossed in low on the left and a ‘keeper spill gave Amy Booth a six-yard tap-in.

Houseley was again involved in Belles’ second - this time as the goalscorer as her mazy run and low drive evaded the ‘keeper’s outstretched right hand.

The first half scoring was completed when Booth lashed home her brace.

Houseley and Booth combined in the 47th minute for the fourth as SUFC had little in response and the latter claimed her hat trick with the cheekiest of flicks.

Three minutes later Lori Hudson cut through the centre of the park from the half-way line, shrugged off several challenges and finished in her own inimitable manner to make it 5-0.

With the Belles now rampant it took only another three minutes for Houseley to carve SUFC open once more down the left and to cross, but this time it was met by Hudson who bagged her second of the match.

Sheffield’s Bethany Rawden claimed a consolation as Belles finished off matters when Jess Lacey saw the ‘keeper off her line and lobbed her from all of 35 yards for 7-1.