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REPORT | Belles 5-1 Leafield Athletic

6 March 2022

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A brace from Jasmine Saxton and Lauren Breen saw the Belles defeat Leafield 5-1 in a comfortable afternoon for Andy Butler’s side.

This was the first league game in a month for the Belles and their first home game since 16th January.

The Belles were quickest out of the blocks, taking the lead after four minutes. A well worked free kick by Lindsey Tugby found Jasmine Saxton on the edge of the box for a neat finish.

Leafield drew level moments later. A long ball from defence was not dealt with in the Belles back line, falling to Daisy Mai-Clements who found the net.

Leafield then took the initiative to the Belles, who were thankful to see two long range shots hit the bar and bounce away to safety.

However, the Belles came back into the game and on 29 minutes got their noses in front again. A great cross by Lauren Breen to the backpost found Jess Andrew rising above the Leafield defence to plant her header into the roof of the net.

Andy Butler’s side continue to press and got their two goal cushion. Another sublime through ball by Tugby found Saxton who rounded the keeper to make it 15 in the league so far.

After the break, it was soon four to the Belles. An inviting pass by Saxton caused confusion in Leafield’s defence, with the bounce falling kindly for Breen to slot it away. 

Belles were now dominant, and four became five just after the hour mark. A pinpoint cross by Holly Housley found Breen, who diverted her header into the bottom corner for her second.

Leafield's attack was being nullified by the strong Belles defence, although keeper Ellie Sharpe was forced into a superb save to deny Leafield a second goal on 79 minutes. 

Five almost became six when Jess Price saw her 18 yard drive hit the post. Belles were again unlucky not to notch up six when in added time a sweeping passing move found Sophie Bell, but her shot also cannoned back off the post.

The win sees the Belles keep up pressure on Boldmere at the top of the table, and it’s the third time this season that Andy Butler’s side have scored five or more in the league.

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