Match report: Doncaster Rovers Belles 1 Chelsea 1

Jess Sigsworth, Doncaster Belles
Jess Sigsworth, Doncaster Belles

An early Jess Sigsworth strike saw Doncaster Rovers Belles share the spoils with Chelsea in their Continental Cup clash.

The Auckley teenager pounced on a Millie Bright looping pass to play the ball past Shannon Lynn and tap in from close range in the fourth minute.

The Belles, playing on their home soil at the Keepmoat Stadium, posed a constant threat to the visiting North Londoners who gradually became frustrated at the lack of chances they could create.

Beth England later curled her free-kick into the arms of Lynn before Sigsworth fired wide for the Belles who were this week told by the FA that they would be playing their football in the WSL second tier.

Chelsea responded through a searching Sofia Jakobsson delivery which was well handled by Nicola Hobbs.

However, despite the lion’s share of possession the Blues countered against the run of play and a strike on the bounce from Olina Vidarsdottir levelled the scores on the stroke of half time.

The Belles, who last week lost 4-0 to the same opposition in their opening FAWSL match, started on the front foot after the restart, Bright sending her free-kick over before Sigsworth crashed a closs range effort well wide.

Last week’s two-goal marksman Jakobsson powered down the left flank in the 63rd minute but her cut-back from the byline was well cleared by Emma Thomson - in what was a quiet game for the Swedish striker.

Eni Aluko was also increasingly frustrated with Leandra Little having the measure of her opposite number, leading to the England striker being taken off in the second half.

England later had a drilled effort saved as the Belles, despite the better of the chances, could not find that elusive winner in round one of the Continental Cup.

For all of the reaction to Sunday’s game and the FA announcement, see this week’s Free Press.