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Belles 7 Leeds United U23s 1

18 April 2021

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The Belles quickly got back into the groove in their first game since December as they registered victory over Leeds United’s Development side.

The visiting youngsters looked like they had already played together since the lockdown eased, and went ahead with just 40 seconds on the clock after winning the ball jut outside the area.

Heads did not drop, though, and the Belles eased themselves into the game with the visiting keeper forced to make a good save from a trialist after five minutes.

And they drew level with eight minutes on the clock through the returning Lauren Breen - who broke free down the left and scored at the near post.

From this point there was only going to be one winner, as an attacking trialist struck twice from inside the area - first from the right then from the left - to give the Belles the lead then extend their advantage.

The Belles were playing with confidence and Breen saw an effort come crashing back off the crossbar before Jasmine Saxton made it 4-1 by finishing off a counter-attack.

First-team coach Nick Buxton made a raft of changes at the interval, with substitute Sophie Brown making an instant impact as she slotted home Lily Harrison’s cross 30 seconds after the restart - even quicker than Leeds had struck in the opening half.

Jess Andrew made it 6-1 from the penalty spot after a Leeds player handballed in the area, and Brown added her second with a smart low finish after again being set free by Harrison.

Substitutions slowed down the pace of the game, but it took two good saves from the Leeds keeper to prevent Harrison and Andrew extending the scoreline.

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