Oxford United 2 Doncaster Rovers Belles 5

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk

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Courtney Sweetman-Kirk hit a hat trick as Doncaster Rovers Belles swept Oxford United aside to go top of FAWSL2.

Bethany England opened the scoring for the Belles on 12 minutes after receiving the ball from Sweetman-Kirk, who had beaten Oxford goalkeeper Demi Lambourne to the ball.

But Oxford fought back and Katherine Nutman equalised midway through the first-half – tapping in the rebound to Kayleigh Hines’ half-volley.

The hosts could have taken the lead a minute later when Holly Pickett hit the post after Hines’ long-range free-kick was parried into her path by Nicola Hobbs.

But the Belles regained the lead five minutes before half time, Sweetman-Kirk latching on to Sophie Barker’s long ball and beating Lambourne with a wonderful lob.

The Belles went on to finish a tightly-contested second half with a flourish, Sweetman-Kirk firing in her second on 75 minutes after good play from Sue Smith.

She completed her hat trick moments later after rounding Lambourne, before Doncaster’s Hobbs deflected the ball into her own net following Katie Stanley’s corner.

But Sophie Stamp made it five for the Belles with her first senior goal, chipping in from just outside the penalty area after Kasia Lipka’s initial shot was saved by Lambourne.

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