Belles on FA Cup trail

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Six-times winners Doncaster Rovers Belles won 2-0 at Aston Villa in the FA Women’s Cup third round.

The clash between the two FA Women’s Super League 2 sides was settled by goals from Victoria Williams (penalty) and Beth England.

The win was then followed by arguably as good a pairing as could have been wished for in the fourth round draw. With just five teams definitely through to the set of eight ties to decide who goes into the hat with the eight WSL 1 teams in round five, Belles and Copsewood (Coventry) were the last two teams in the hat and Belles came out first for a tie to be played on Sunday March 16.

With the weather causing more postponements, including Charlton Athletic vs Sheffield FC Ladies, and the forecast unrelenting, it will be at least another two Sundays before the line up for the fourth round is confirmed. Belles should account for Copsewood who are unbeaten and need just eight points from their last seven games to be crowned Midland Combination champions (two tiers below WSL 2).

Sheffield played Sheffield United Community in a friendly at Sheffield United Academy on Tuesday with both teams benefitting from match action. Sheffield finished 13-0 winners and have re-arranged their Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA Women’s Challenge Cup quarter-final tie against Huddersfield for next Tuesday.

The other ties, scheduled for Sunday are Doncaster Belles (Women) v Sheffield Wednesday, Oughtibridge v Hemsworth and Steel City Wanderers v Staveley MW.

Steels march on with a 3-2 win at Peterborough Northern Star giving them maximum points from 11 games in East Midlands League Premier Division. Cheryl Mawhood continued her excellent scoring form with another brace while Zoe Beresford was also on target.

The top of the table is much changed following the withdrawal of Pelican who were in second place and unbeaten with a record of nine wins from 11 of their scheduled 20 games.

Steels had still to meet Pelican and the two clashes would surely have decided who finished champions. In the revised table, Steels enjoy a six point advantage over Nettleham who have also played 11. Both now have seven games to play, including Steels v Nettleham.

Sheffield & Hallam County League Division Two has seen an abundance of goals this season with all bar two of the 33 games so far yielding at least four.

Thorne United’s 1-0 home win over Mexborough Athletic, Lauren Harrison scoring, just eclipsed Sheffield Rangers 2 Swinton Athletic 0 as the lowest scoring.