Doncaster Belles’ u11s Whites put in a determined performance to overcome a 9-0 defeat last week and record a 5-3 win over South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, writes Chris Wright.
Team captain Ellie Teager was lass-of-the-grass as she bagged her first hat-trick. The other two goals came from Emily Smith in an amazing team performance from the youngsters.
The u11s Reds found themselves a goal down in the opening minute but rallied to beat Sheffield FC.
The Belles’ goals came from Emily, an own goal and an Ellie hat trick.
The u14s enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and played some fine football but came away from playing Barnsley Ladies on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline.
The u15s inflicted a 7-0 defeat on last season’s league winners Barnsley Ladies. The teams met in a title decided on the last day of last season and on that occasion Barnsley were the victors but this time goals from Chloe (2), Dougie (2), Jess, Toyah, and Kirsty saw an altogether more satisfactory result for the Belles.
The u16s did not have a league match this weekend so they took the opportunity to play an u18s side from Derby in a friendly fixture.
Their opponents, Middlefield, had finished second in the u16s last season and a very credible performance saw the Belles leading 2-0 before eventually drawing 2-2.
The u18s faced a very strong Sheffield United Community Ladies Whites side who came third in the division last season.
The Belles came back twice before eventually succumbing 4-2 with all SUCL goals scored by Leah Hardy and the Belles goals coming from Lori Hudson.
It was a case of mixed fortunes for the Belles’ open age side with the North East Regional Women’s Football League (NERWFL) side putting their indifferent early season form to one side as they swept aside Westella & Willerby AFC Ladies 6-0.
The Belles’ scorers were Ellen Smith (2) Emily Weatherstone, Caitlin Dooley, Amy Blinkhorn and an own goal.
The result sees the Belles climb to midtable above Sheffield Wednesday Ladies and Millers Ladies of Rotherham on goal difference.
The Sheffield & Hallamshire Women’s County Football League (SHWCFL) side faced Thorne United with the Thorne side running out as 3-1 victors - Megan Gower grabbing Doncaster’s consolation.
The result keeps the Belles fifth in the second division.