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REPORT | Belles 2-2 Boldmere St Michaels

10 January 2022

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A late Lauren Breen header saw the Belles gain a point in their return to league action against Boldmere St Michaels.

Andy Butler made one change to the side that saw off Solihull Moors in the final game of 2021, Niamh Doody came in for Hannah McWilliams making her first start in three games.

It was the Belles that started stronger and took the lead early on. Jasmine Saxton won the ball back and her low cross found Jess Price who slotted past the keeper.

The game settled down with both teams struggling to retain possession on a heavy pitch.

Boldmere were level just before the half hour mark, Jess Lundie won the ball back - she fired her shot from twenty yards out into the bottom corner past Ellie Sharpe in the goal.

After the hour mark, Boldmere took the lead for the first time. A cross down the left, was scrambled in the box, eventually finding Ella Thompson-Moulding, who slotted it home.

The introduction of Lauren Breen proved to decisive for Andy Butler’s side. With two minutes left, a superb hanging cross by Sophie Bell found Breen and her header found the bottom corner, her first goal of the season.

The Belles pushed for a winner but had to settle for a draw, which means Butler’s team have taken 10 points out of a possible 12 in the last four games.

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