Both Doncaster Rovers Belles and Sheffield FC Ladies were beaten away to higher ranker opponents in last Sunday’s FA Women’s Cup fifth round ties, but neither was disgraced.
Belles took an early lead through captain Leandra Little at Manchester City who levelled before the interval and in shades of last season’s exit at Birmingham, Belles remained in with a shout of forcing extra time until Toni Duggan made it 3-1 in injury time.
Sheffield lost 2-0 at Aston Villa, both goals coming in the second half.
Belles began their FA Women’s Super League 2 season with a 3-0 home win over Durham with Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Beth England and Sue Smith on target after for Belles who host Yeovil tomorrow (6.30pm).
Sheffield visit Coventry City in a match of huge significance in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division title race. The pair are locked on 37 points from 14 (of 22) games, Sheffield leading with a superior goal difference.
Cheryl Mawhood gave Steel City Wanderers a 2-0 lead at Solihull who fought back to draw 2-2 in Midlands Division One. Steels host Leicester City Ladies, one of three must-win games against the two teams immediately above them in their bid to stay up.
Rotherham should finish in the top half after Nat Shaw, Amy Pollock and Grace Birchall scored in the 3-2 home win over Loughborough Students with Pollock striking the only goal in Sunday’s home win over FC Reedswood.
Sheffield United Community lost 2-0 at leaders Liverpool Marshalls Feds in Northern Division One. United must beat Tranmere at home on Sunday to maintain their slim hopes staying up.
Holly Findlay scored for Barnsley who won 1-0 at Whitley Bay in North East League Premier Division.
Lucy Ridley 4, Kelsey Murphy-Bigley 2 and Carly Herrick scored for Sheffield Wednesday reserves in their 7-2 home win over Staveley in Sheffield & Hallam County League Division One.
Danielle Pinder 3, Beth Thomas and KD Roberts were Handsworth’s scorers in their 5-0 home win over Chesterfield. Anston wrapped up the Division Two title with their 12th successive maximum, 8-1 at home to Mexborough, ensuring they finished three points clear of Sheffield Wednesday Development. Lisa Styles 4, Dawn Cripps 3 and Christina Lee were the home scorers with Mexborough’s consolation coming from Tasha Carlton.
Hannah Crossley has scored in each of the five games she has played for Rotherham United in Division Three. Her hat trick, plus singles from Ale Ashton and Amber O’Malley secured a 5-2 win at Brampton. New Bohemians won 5-0 at Greasbrough.