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Bolton Wanderers 6 Belles 1

13 October 2019

The Belles crashed out of the FAWNL Plate after a 6-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers on Sunday.

Rebecca Foster and Erin Slade put the hosts ahead before Chloe Bethell looked to get the Belles back into the game with her third goal in as many games.

Foster and Slade picked up their second goal of the game each inside the opening 45 minutes though before Jess Battle and Emma Lysons inflicted even more damage to the score-line as the Belles fell at the first hurdle in the FAWNL Plate.

The Belles actually started the brighter of the two sides at the home of Atherton Collieries, with Izzy Trevellion seeing a shot from distance blocked by Nicole Malpus inside the opening two minutes.

Nadia Khan was next to go close, shooting wide after turning her marker inside the box following Eva Madarang's good pass forward.

Bolton came back with two chances of their own, firstly Safron Newhouse shot wide after a scramble in the box before Rosie Havelin fired wide after Newhouse's cross into the box moments later.

The Belles went close to taking the lead on seven minutes with Tori Thomas' cross almost being spilled into her own goal by Jen Myler who was under pressure from Madarang and Khan, but she just did enough to keep it goalless.

This seemingly sparked the hosts into life and they had four chances in nine minutes to open the scoring, firstly Havelin fired wide from the edge of the box before Kirsty Johnson was called into action to deny Battle who got through one-on-one.

Slade latched on to a long ball over the top to get into space and fire on goal, only to see Johnson able to hold her shot, though she would have to be at full stretch to deny Newhouse from opening the scoring with the next attack forward.

However, from the resulting corner, the hosts did take the lead in spectacular fashion as home skipper Foster got the ball back after her initial set-piece was cleared.

Foster took aim from the corner of the penalty area, finding the far top corner with a sublime curling finish to open the scoring just shy of the 20-minute mark.

Bolton doubled their lead on the half-hour with Newhouse causing the Belles all sorts of problems, and her cross into the area was met by Slade who guided her shot low into the corner.

The Belles responded well from this set-back and halved the deficit two minutes later with Bethell winning the ball back over on the right-hand side.

Bethell took control of the ball and her effort from distance flew over Myler and into the back of the net, sealing her third goal in as many games.

However, Bethell's solo effort would be in vain as Slade bagged her brace five minutes later, being first to react to Foster's corner to power the ball home.

That duo would then see Bolton force a fourth goal just before the break as Slade held off the challenge of Chloe Starling in the area before squaring for home skipper Foster to slam the ball past the helpless Johnson.

The Belles looked to come out on the offensive after the interval, with first-half subsititute Emily Burgin close to getting on the scoresheet after Myler spilled her effort over her shoulder, only for the linesman to adjudge the ball hadn't crossed the line.

The good play from the Belles didn't last too long as the hosts scored their fifth nine minutes after the re-start, with Battle finding herself in too much space in the area before firing past Johnson.

Ceri Ogden reacted quickest to another half-clearance from a Foster corner to line up a shot from 18 yards that was spooned just over the crossbar before substitute Rachel Hindle was unable to keep her own effort from distance down.

Home right-back Emma Lysons then kept Johnson busy as she weaved her way into the area before seeing a shot saved by the Belles' no.1, Slade was unable to put in the rebound as she went in search of her hat-trick.

Lysons did get her goal and Bolton's sixth with 13 minutes remaining as her cross into the area flew all the way in to the far corner to round off the scoring.

The Belles' next scheduled FAWNL Division One Midlands game is against Bedworth United on Sunday November 10 at Oxford Street.


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