Birmingham 4-0 Doncaster
Doncaster Rovers Belles captain Katie Holtham said that her team need to start believing they can score after they were beaten 4-0 by Birmingham, a result that keeps them rooted to the bottom of the Womens Super League table.
The Blues dominated proceedings throughout and were 3-0 up at the break following goals from Rachel Williams, Kerys Harrop and Jo Potter. Substitute Eniola Aluko added a fourth 20 minutes from time.
The Belles, however, rarely threatened home goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer and recorded their third defeat of the season.
“We just need one of their strikers, they’ve got four and we’ve got none,” Holtham said.
“It has been difficult for us to get going and we’ve got a lot of away games coming up now. We did better after half-time, but the problem we’ve got is that we need to believe we can score.
“They had their chances and finished them and that’s the difference. We need to get some points on the board, that’s for sure.”
The hosts certainly put in their most clinical performance of the season and were ahead after 17 minutes when Williams took down Karen Carney’s deep cross on her chest and dispatched a cool finish into the far corner.
Kerys Harrop added a second from close range four minutes later, before Jo Potter headed home Carney’s corner on 41 minutes.
Eniola Aluko, a half-time substitute, rounded off the scoring on 70 minutes when she latched onto Williams’ clever through ball, rounded goalkeeper Mary Earps and slotted home.
It was the FA Cup finalists’ first win of the season after kicking off their league campaign with two draws, and Carney believes Sunday’s result will provide a springboard.
“Hopefully now we’ll kick start. You couldn’t wish for anything better; four goals and a clean sheet,” she said.
“I don’t think we’ve been playing that badly. We haven’t been playing great but we’ve been creating chances but we haven’t been taking them, we haven’t had that bit of luck.
“But everybody stepped up the performance by 10 to 15 per cent today. I still think we’ve got more in our tank, there’s still more to come from us and hopefully it’ll kick-start us.”
Birmingham (4-4-2): Rebecca Spencer; Chelsea Weston, Emily Westwood, Laura Bassett (C), Rachel Unitt; Jade Moore (Eniola Aluko 46), Jo Potter, Karen Carney (Marie Ballard 59), Izzy Christiansen; Kerys Harrop, Rachel Williams (Cristina Torkildsen 73)
Subs not used: Marie Hourihan.
Red cards: none
Doncaster Rovers Belles (4-4-2): Mary Earps; Leandra Little, Lyndsey Cunningham, Tanya Oxtoby, Naomi Chadwick, Alyssa Lagonia (62); Lillie Fenlon-Billson, Kasia Lipka, Katie Holtham (C), Anie O’Gormon (Julie Russell 82); Beth England, Jess Sigsworth.
Subs not used: Lucy Sowerby, Shelby Hills, Millie Bright.
Red cards: none
Referee: Andrew Fox