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Belles 0 Bedworth 4

10 November 2019

The Belles suffered defeat at the hands of Bedworth United on Sunday with the visitors running out 4-0 winners at Oxford Street.

Goals from Kirsty Farnsworth, Jodie McGuckin, Milly Miller and Amanda Whalley saw the Greenbacks come away from Oxford Street with three points in the FAWNL Division One Midlands.

The visitors had their first chance inside three minutes, with Sophie Wilson testing Kirsty Johnson early on with a free-kick just outside the area, but the Belles' no.1 was alert to tip the ball over.

From the resulting corner Miller would go even closer, striking the post with a well-timed header before the Belles cleared the ball away from danger.

Becca Sausby would have the Belles' first chance as she picked up the ball just inside the penalty area after good work from Izzy Trevillion, but Chloe Quinn in the visiting net saved well.

Bedworth took the lead on 14 minutes with Wilson at the heart of it.

Her ball over the top was latched on to by Farnsworth who kept her cool to slot under Johnson and put the Greenbacks in front.

The Belles came straight back though as Chloe Bethell did her best to get them level.

She met Lily Wishart's cross at the back post, only to be foiled by a combination of Quinn and the post to deny her from close range.

Johnson was also being kept busy down the other end, saving a good shot from Miller after Kirsty Deacon's ball in evaded everyone in red and white.

Farnsworth was next to test Johnson as she broke free inside the box, but her shot from the edge of the area was palmed away comfortably by the Belles' stopper.

The visitors doubled their lead with six minutes to go before the interval, with Johnson's pass out from the back being picked up by McGuckin and she snuck in to slot past the keeper to add the second.

Farnsworth was now causing the Belles all sorts of problems and was at it again after the break, hitting the side-netting from close range, before Deacon also called Johnson into action with a smart save with her feet following an angle drive.

The Belles' brought Nadia Khan on at half-time and she was also straight into the action, racing through one-on-one with Quinn, however she was unable to keep her effort down.

Bedworth hit the post for a second time through Farnsworth after she capitalised on a moment of mis-communication in the Belles' defence, but the Greenbacks would add their third moments later.

Jodi Hunter's cross was met in the middle by Miller who kept her composure to poke home from six yards.

The Belles still ventured forward in search of a way back into the game, with Emily Burgin rising highest to meet Kirsty Smith's corner, only for the towering Quinn to make another save.

Khan was the lively spark that the Belles had lacked in the first half and she would test Quinn on the hour, reacting quickest to Smith's blocked shot, but once again the Bedworth stopper would come out on top.

Quinn was clearly desperate to keep her clean sheet, this time making a double save to deny Khan then Sausby in quick succession, and her resistance would pay off as the visitors added a fourth 13 minutes from time.

Whalley found space 25 yards out from goal and looped an audacious half-volley over the diving Johnson to round off the scoring for the afternoon.

Substitute Tarsha Pamphille went close deep into added time with a half-volley of her own from the edge of the box, though change stopper Eve Galt held comfortably.

The Belles next face Burton Albion on Sunday November 24 at Oxford Street as they aim to get three points on the board in the FAWNL Division One Midlands.


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