Doncaster Rovers Belles bid to break duck at Keepmoat; Sheffield FC Ladies in Sunday home WSL2 home clash

Mexborough's Bridget Booth (red) and Worksop Town's four goal scorer Leah Hardy challenge, watched by Becky Wright who scored one of Mexborough's goals. Photo: Julian Barker

Mexborough's Bridget Booth (red) and Worksop Town's four goal scorer Leah Hardy challenge, watched by Becky Wright who scored one of Mexborough's goals. Photo: Julian Barker

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Both Doncaster Rovers Belles and Reading bid for their first FA Women’s Super League 1 win of the season when they meet at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow (6.30pm).

Both were promoted from WSL 2 last year and currently occupy the bottom two places in WSL 1. Belles have yet to register a point, while Reading have proved more resilient with six draws. Victory would give Belles a fighting chance of avoiding bottom spot.

Sheffield FC Ladies host London Bees on Sunday which also marks the start of the 2016-17 WSL Development League season with Belles vs Durham and Manchester City vs Sheffield

England finished top of qualifying Group 7 for next year’s Euros Finals in Holland, winning 2-0 in Belgium on Tuesday after a 5-0 win over Estonia at Notts County a week yesterday.

The first of the build up fixtures will be at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on Friday, October 21 when France, currently third in the FIFA rankings (England are fifth), are the opponents.

Sheffield United Ladies (dropping Community) celebrated being officially unveiled as United’s women’s team at Bramall Lane last Saturday by following up with an 8-1 win at Bradford Park Avenue a day later in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

Kim Brown 4, Sophie Bell, Alex Hickerman, Tania Marsden and Rosa Neary netted for United who now face a much tougher test at Chester-Le-Street Town.

Dronfield Town went out on penalties after a 4-4 home draw with Lincoln Moorlands Railway. Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed a 4-0 home win over Brighouse Athletic thanks to goals from Jade Rabjohn 2, Kathryn Mudge (pen) and Michelle Wakelin.

Wednesday will now visit Steel City Wanderers who remain second in FA Women’s Premier League Midlands Division One despite losing 6-1, Cheryl Mawhood the scorer, at leaders Loughborough Foxes, while Rotherham were beaten 4-0 at home by Sporting Khalsa.

Two goals from Brittany Sanderson on her 17th birthday plus goals by Bekkie Hale and Holly Findlay gave Barnsley a 4-2 home win over Castleford White Rose in the North East League Premier Division. Doncaster Belles (Women) were 4-2 home winners over Altofts in the Southern Division.

Both Leah Hardy (Worksop) and Gemma Whitehouse (Sheffield Six’s) netted four times in the Sheffield and Hallam County League while there were hat-tricks for Brogan Carter (Barnsley Development) and the Socrates pair of Emma Blakemore and Beth Miller.

n Sheffield & Hallam County League - Division One: AFC Dronfield 2, Sheffield Wednesday Reserves 3; Beighton Magpies 3, Staveley 1; Handsworth 6, Edlington 0; Huddersfield Academy 8, Dinnington 4.

Division Two: Barnsley Development 10, AFC Unity 2; Chesterfield 1, Rovers Foundation 3; Mexborough 3, Worksop Town 9; Sheffield United Reserves 6, Shaw Lane 0.

Division Three: AFC Unity Jets 0, Sheffield Six’s 9; Penistone Church 0, Harworth 1; Sheffield Wednesday Development 3, Millmoor Juniors 4; Socrates 10, Hemsworth 0.

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