Aluku brace puts skids under Belles

Doncater Belles.  Photo: via Getty Images
Doncater Belles. Photo: via Getty Images

Doncaster Rovers Belles were downed 4-0 by Chelsea on their return to FAWSL action - with Eni Aluko proving deadly once more with a brace.

The trip to Staines saw Belles boss John Buckley start former Chelsea goalkeeper Nicky Davies and fellow new arrivals Lauren Cresswell at left-back, and midfielder Julie Melrose as Chelsea gave their Japanese acquisition Yuki Ogimi her first taste of English football since her transfer from Germany.

Despite a good start from the Belles, Chelsea exploited a gap in the defence as Aluko ghosted in and collected the pass before rounding Davies and tucking in the opening goal with 11 minutes gone.

Millie Bright then saw a header sail over the bar minutes later for Doncaster.

Team-mate Jess Sigsworth later had the visitors’ best chance of the game in the 26th minute as she surged into the box and unleashed a powerful effort which flashed across Carly Telford’s goal.

Belles were then made to rue that chance as Aluko proved a thorn in Doncaster’s side once more - her neat footwork in the area wrong-footing Davies as she slotted home her second of the game.

Emma Hayes’ side started the brighter in the second half and after a Sofia Jakobsson effort struck the post, Helen Ward fired in for the Blues and Belles had it all to do.

Despite the scoreline, Doncaster’s endeavour continued as Sigsworth was unlucky not to get her name on the scoresheet - hitting the post with an effort moments after Chelsea’s third.

But, in front of a crowd of 423, Jakobsson condemned the Belles to the same scoreline as their reverse fixture back in April as she slid in from close range to make it 4-0.