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Belles 3 Sporting Khalsa 1

8 September 2019

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The Belles picked up their first home win of the campaign with a convincing 3-1 victory over Sporting Khalsa in the FAWNL Division One Midlands.

Goals from Emily Burgin, Jasmine Saxton and Nadia Khan saw the Belles pick up three points at Oxford Street for the first time this season in a routine win.

It was the visitors who had the first attempts on goal, with Lauren Walker seeing a shot fly past the post from the edge of the box, before Chloe Handy fired over from similar range.

Burgin had the Belles first chance on 12 minutes, forcing a good save from Stacey Garnham from close range after good work down the right by Saxton.

Burgin wouldn't have to wait long to find the back of the net however as within 60 seconds she'd put the Belles in front.

She picked up the ball 35 yards out from goal and took aim, finding the top corner of the goal in stunning fashion to open the scoring.

Burgin was in good form and looked to try another one from near the half-way line after Garnham's clearance saw the Khalsa stopper stranded, but the Belles no. 9's effort flew just wide of the post.

Khan would then have three chances to extend the Belles' advantage, first seeing a shot saved by Garnham after a cross in by Saxton before shooting over from the edge of the box after Lily Wishart found her in plenty of space.

She would then go even closer with her next attempt, with another Saxton cross seeing her with the opportunity to strike from six yards, only to fire just wide of the post.

Wishart herself had a chance to double the lead, dispossessing Macey Turvey before shooting across goal, only for another Belles' chance to flash wide.

It would be those misses that the Belles would be left to rue as the visitors were back on level terms totally against the run of play, with Brittany Civil being played through to slot under Kirsty Johnson and give Khalsa an equaliser.

The Belles didn't let their heads drop though and were immediately back on the attack, and it would be Khan again going close, first drawing a brilliant save out of Garnham before poking the ball wide from close range once again.

Just a minute before the break, the Belles regained the lead they deserved, with Saxton being played through on goal and firing into the back of the net to ensure the hosts would head into the changing rooms in front.

Six minutes after the interval, Khan would get the goal that she had been searching for, putting the game to bed with a tap-in on the goal-line after Saxton had weaved her way into the box before rounding Garnham.

She squared the ball to Khan who was left with the easy task of scoring the Belles' third of the afternoon and opening her account for the season in the process.

Wishart should've made it four with two efforts, the first going wide from close range after turning her marker before forcing Garnham into another smart save from the edge of the box.

Julie Stirrup tried her best to get Khalsa back into the game, and she kept Johnson on her toes with the Belles' 'keeper tipping her effort from distance onto the bar.

The Belles saw the game out for the last 10 minutes and with the whistle blown, it ensured that they would collect their first three points at home for the season, making it six points from their last three games.

They now travel to face Birmingham and West Midlands next Sunday as they look to maintain their momentum on the road.

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