Doncaster Rovers Belles 2 Yeovil Town Ladies 1

Doncaster Belles manager Glen Harris
Doncaster Belles manager Glen Harris

Two-goal Courtney Sweetman-Kirk saw FA Women’s Super League 2 promotion hopefuls Doncaster Rovers Belles edge past plucky Yeovil.

It was a second successive home victory for a side who came within an ace of going up last term but they were made to chase shadows for long spells by the free-flowing visitors.

Both first half goals involved Yeovil’s outstanding wide player Helen Bleazard.

Her under-hit back pass allowed Sweetman-Kirk a free run down the middle to slip Belles into the lead against the run of play after 40 minutes.

But Bleazard responded in real style by sweeping past Lauren Cresswell and chipping a delightful cross for Paige Stewart to level in the last minute of the first half.

Bleazard then created two good second half chances for Annie Heatherson who was narrowly off target with both her head and a lobbed shot.

But Doncaster, for whom Rhiannon Roberts hit the bar with a first half header, caused their own problems with some fast breaks and Sweetman-Kirk’s curling effort from 20 yards was just too much for goalkeeper Charlotte Haynes after 85 minutes.

Corinne Yorston had one more half chance for Yeovil whilst Reanne Thomas had a late effort ruled out for offside for Belles.

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Doncaster: (4-2-3-1) Hobbs, Cresswell (Thomas 63), Little, Roberts (R), Cunningham, Smith, Barker, Lipka, Roberts (E) (Stamp 90) England, Sweetman-Kirk.

Subs not used: Hill, Johnson, Dale.

Yeovil (3-5-2) Haynes, Isaac, Cousins, Haigh, Bleazard, Curson, Williams, Stewart (Pearson 63 ), Yorson, Knapman (Hinchcliffe 73), Heatherson.

Subs not used: Cossens, Guard, Wathan, Dover.

Att: 258

Ref: Adam Burgess