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REPORT | Sporting Khalsa 0-4 Belles

31 January 2022

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Top scorer Jasmine Saxton's brace sees the Belles defeat Sporting Khalsa 4-0 to keep themselves at the top of the table.

Charlotte Dinsdale returned to the squad after missing two games due to injury as Andy Butler named an unchanged starting XI.

It was a tight opening to the game but the Belles got their noses in front with a lovely threaded ball by Linsdey Tugby found Saxton who was one v one with the keeper and she slotted the ball home.

Saxton was soon at it again. A smart flick on by Jess Price played Saxton in behind the defence with only the keeper to beat for a second time, this time here effort went just wide of the post.

Despite it being an even game, Belles did make it 2-0 before half time. A dangerous corner whipped in by Lily Wishart caused confusion in the box. The ball rebounded kindly for Saxton who got the final touch as it ended up in the net.

The Belles were able to press the advantage after the restart to make it 3-0. More good work by Saxton down the right and this time her cross found Wishart for a neat header into the bottom corner.

The introduction of Lauren Breen was vital in the second half as she grabbed the fourth goal to kill off any hopes the hosts might have of a come back. It was a good cutback by Nadia Khan to find Breen, her initial shot was saved but she was there to follow up. 

Andy Butler’s side continued to push for a fifth but was unable to grab it. The win sees the Belles make it seven games unbeaten as they continue to keep the pressure on sides below them who have games in hand.

Belles travel to fellow promotion-hopefuls Lincoln City on Thursday evening. 

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