Doncaster Belles’ sad farewell to top flight

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Doncaster Rovers Belles bowed out of the highest tier of the FAWSL with a 3-0 defeat to Birmingham City Ladies - a game which also marked the ‘relegated’ club’s final game in top flight football.

The well-documented FA demotion of the Doncaster outfit - ever-presents in the top tier for 22 years - has seen the club playing more for pride this season following the ‘relegation’ announcement which was made after just one league game.

Applause rang around the Keepmoat Stadium mid first-half - from the best crowd of the season of 477 - to mark the Belles’ top flight years.

The Belles, who will be facing life in the new second league next year, started brightly in their concluding match of WSL1 and enjoyed good spells of possession with captain Leandra Little causing problems in her new-found role up front.

In the sixth minute, the Belles skipper had a chance to put her side in front but saw her effort flash wide of the post from the right.

Former Doncaster ‘keeper Mary Earps ad her defence to thank as she spilled a low driven cross from Jess Sigsworth which City eventually cleared from the advancing Little.

Kate Wilkinson, Isobel Christiansen and Emily Simpkins scored for Birmingham.

Belles could not find something to reduce the deficit leaving manager John Buckley and his side preparing for life in WSL2 next term.