Belles bounce back to hold runners-up Blues

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LOWLY Doncaster Rovers Belles stunned Birmingham City Ladies when grabbing two late goals to claim a share of the spoils in their final game of the FA Women’s Super League at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Blues, who finished second in the table after yesterday’s result and had beaten Belles 3-0 at home last month, looked to be coasting to a double when leading 2-0 with less than five minutes to go.

But Kylla Sjoman and sub Becky Hall, beat Birmingham keeper Marie Hourihan to salvage Belles, who hadn’t won for eight games, a 2-2 draw.

“They were the better side but you’d expect them to be,” said Belles’ boss.

“They have a lot bigger budget than us - a lot of their girls are on serious money - and they’ve got internationals all over the park.

“But we showed a lot of character at the end to come back like we did. They were the better team, but there have been two or three games this season when we deserved to get something and went home empty-handed.”

He added: “I thought the young girl Jess Sigsworth was brilliant for us up front. She is only 16 years of age but she works her socks off.

“Substitutes Precious Hamilton and Becky Hall both did well when they came on and Katie Holtham did some good things in defence.”

The two teams will meet again at the Keepmoat in the first round of the league’s Continental Cup where the lowest-placed side of the two have home advantage.