Sheffield bid for women’scup hat-trick

Doncaster Belles celebrate the opening goal of their 4-1 FA Women's Cup win over Copsewood
Doncaster Belles celebrate the opening goal of their 4-1 FA Women's Cup win over Copsewood
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Doncaster Rovers Belles booked their place in the FA Women’s Cup last 16 with a 4-1 fourth round home victory over Copsewood (Coventry).

The banana skin tie against the unbeaten Midland Combination leaders was safely negotiated.

Leandra Little and Beth England put Belles 2-0 up and even though Leah Williams pulled one back, further goals from England and Jess Sigsworth saw Belles through.

In the next round they must travel to 2012 winners Birmingham City on April 13.

Jodie Michalska put Sheffield FC Ladies ahead in their tie at Durham, but the hosts hit back to win 3-1.

Sheffield seek a hat-trick of triumphs in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA Women’s Challenge Cup when they face Steel City Wanderers in Sunday’s final at Stocksbridge (2pm).

Steels, bidding to successfully defend the East Midlands League Cup, are 90 minutes away from the final after a 4-1 quarter-final win at Rise Park who took a shock first minute lead. Beth Gingell, Cheryl Mawhood, Jen Pearson and Hollie Barker netted to keep Steels on course for an East Midlands League and Cup double.

Rotherham completed their Midland Combination fixtures with a 5-1 home victory over Mansfield thanks to Jade Rabjohn, Megan Wilson, Grace Birchall, Nat Shaw and an own goal.

Sheffield Wednesday Reserves were 4-0 home winners over Edlington Royals and need four points from their final two games to finish Sheffield & Hallam County League Division One champions. Dawn Cripps bagged all three for Anston who were 3-1 home winners over Shaw Lane Aquaforce.

With maximum points from 10 games so far, Oughtibridge will clinch the Division Two title with three games to spare if they beat second from bottom Socrates on Sunday. Second half goals from Bex Wilson 2, Holly Towns, Codi Melia and Charlotte McLarron gave Oughtibridge a 5-0 win at Sheffield Rangers.

Staveley’s outside hopes all but ended in a 2-0 defeat at Mexborough Athletic for whom Leanne Cantrell scored both. Megan Coates 3, Lauren Cuttell 3, Aimee Johnson 2, Leah Dennis, Jade Elson and Katie Paton netted for Thorne in their 11-1 win over Swinton.

Melissa Cole and Rebecca Hale scored for Barnsley who lost 3-2 at home to Guiseley in North East League Premier Division.

In the Southern Division Brooke Smith (pen), India Thompson-Carr and Charlotte McCourt scored for Handsworth who deserved at least a point at home to Wetherby, but the visitors showed the more clinical finishing to win 4-3.

This year’s Varsity matches between University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University will be played tomorrow at Hillsborough (11.30am, firsts) and next Friday at Sheffield Hallam Sports Park, Bawtry Road (2pm, seconds).