THE Belles maintained their unbeaten start to the new Women’s Super League season with a hard earned point at Everton.
Precious Hamilton fired Doncaster in front as early as the fourth minute at Marine FC, lashing home despite a suspicion of handball in the build up to the goal.
But after that the visitors had to withstand an Everton onslaught as the Toffees - who became Arsenal’s main Premier League title rivals before the launch of WSL - fought for a way back into the game.
The equaliser finally arrived on the hour mark when Natasha Dowie cut inside and drove an angled shot past Belles keeper Helen Alderson into the roof of the net.
Doncaster later had to clear two goalbound attempts off the line as the home side cranked up the pressure in front of a disappointing crowd of just 230.
But the Belles held firm for a point - following up last week’s excellent 1-0 win at Lincoln - to go second behind Birmingham in the early WSL standings.
John Buckley’s side play their first WSL game at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday against Chelsea (2pm).
Admission is £6 adults, £3 concessions.