Reading 2 Doncaster Rovers Belles 2

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Bianca Bragg scored a last minute equaliser to ensure Reading remained within touching distance of Doncaster Rovers Belles at the top of the FA WSL 2 table after a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Doncaster’s Leandra Little headed home on 22 minutes before Reading’s Helen Ward and Belles’ midfielder Beth England exchanged late first half goals which saw the visitors go in at the break 2-1 up.

Yet Bragg was to have the final say for the second-placed Royals on 90 minutes with a dramatic leveller which keeps them just two points behind Belles with four games of the season remaining.

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Doncaster still require eight points to be mathematically certain of winning promotion but will be virtually up if they beat Everton on Thursday.

Belles captain Little powered a header passed Grace Moloney in the Reading goal from Sue Smith’s free-kick but Reading equalised ten minutes before half time, with Ward nodding in Nikki Watts’ right-wing cross after good work from Bragg.

Doncaster regained the lead three minutes later with England also using her head to convert Kasia Lipka’s cross.

Five minutes into the second half Bragg shot just wide of the left-hand upright following good work from Rebecca Jane on the right wing.

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But Bragg was to make amends in the final minute when she slotted in following good work from substitute Nia Jones.

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Reading (4-3-3): Grace Moloney, Rebecca Jane, Kirsty McGee, Kylie Davies, Harriet Scott, Laura May Walkley (Molly Bartrip 68) Bianca Bragg, Rachel Rowe (Melissa Fletcher 88) Emma Follis, Nikki Watts, Helen Ward (Nia Jones 76)

Subs Not Used: Georgina Giddings, Charlie Estcourt, Eloise Wilson, Chloe Sansom

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Doncaster Rovers Belles (4-3-3-): Nicola Hobbs, Hope Knight, Sophie Barker, Leandra Roberts, Rhiannon Roberts, Kasia Lipka, Jade Lorton-Radburn, Emily Simpkins (Sophie Stamp 90) Sue Smith (Emily Roberts 68) Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Bethany England

Subs Not Used: Lyndsey Cunningham, Sam Tierney, Molly Johnson, Nicole Dale, Lauren Cresswell

Attendance: 527

Referee: Antony Foster