Doncaster Rovers Belles 4 Oxford United Women 0: Sigsworth claims hat trick as champions end the season in style
FAWSL2 champions Doncaster Rovers Belles signed off the season in style with a convincing 4-0 win over Oxford United.
Belles were confirmed as the league winners last weekend but there was no complacency to their performance as they ran out easy winners thanks to Jess Sigsworth’s hat trick and one from Rhiannon Roberts.
They end the campaign with just a solitary league defeat and collected the trophy after the match.
Sigsworth aided her hunt for the golden boot as she converted a penalty after 16 minutes, stepping up to the spot after Oxford keeper Lucy Thomas fouled Kirsty Hanson in the box with the winger clean through on goal.
The Belles doubled their lead nine minutes later through Roberts, who got up to meet a well-worked short corner and nod the ball into the bottom corner.
Hanson went close to making it three for the champions but hit the bar from the edge of the box, before Sigsworth also struck the post and Sam Tierney had a fierce drive turned over by Thomas.
Sigsworth’s 17th of the season followed just before the break, and again it came from the spot after the striker was hauled down by Oxford winger Chloe Chivers.
The Belles’ celebration party continued as Sigsworth completed her first hat trick of the season on 75 minutes, placing the ball into the bottom corner off an excellent ball from debutant Kirsty Smith.
Both sides hit the woodwork in the dying minutes, with Hanson putting another powerful strike against the post before Chivers did likewise up the other end with Oxford’s best chance of the game.