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REPORT | Boldmere St Michaels Women 1-0 Belles

1 November 2021

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A goal from Tanya Dickinson saw the Belles' six game unbeaten run come to an end as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Boldmere St Michaels Women in the FA Women National League Division One Midlands.

Andy Butler made one change to the side that defeated Nottingham Trent University a week before with Hannah McWilliams replacing Niamh Doody.

The hosts - who have been on a good run themselves - got off to a blistering start with Stephanie Weston testing Ellie Sharpe from long range but it was comfortable enough for the Belles' shot-stopper.

The hosts took the lead on 15 minutes. A cross from Rhiannon Travers found Annie Highway. The initial shot was saved by Sharpe but Dickinson was there to follow up from close range.

Belles reacted well from going a goal down with neat play from Lindsey Tugby and Jess Andrew, however, the final pass in the final third was alluding the team.

The second half started much brighter for the Belles and Nadia Khan almost found an early equaliser. Fantastic work by Sophie Bell down the right hand side saw her find Khan with the cross, but the winger could only find the cross bar.

Andy Butler’s side continued to press Boldmere and hit the woodwork again on 62 minutes. Bell’s cross was caught in the wind -  it looked to be dipping in but collided with the crossbar.

There was a shout for a penalty into added time, a scramble for the ball eventually finding Khan who was brought down by the defender but the referee waved the claims away.

The defeat to the Belles sees them drop a place to third. The Belles return home this weekend when they host Nottingham Forest in the FA Plate.


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