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REPORT | Rotherham United 0 Belles 4

18 September 2023

Belles

REPORT | Rotherham United 0 Belles 4

18 September 2023

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The Belles coasted through to the second round of the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Senior Cup with a 4-0 win at Rotherham United.

Goals from Phoebe Sneddon, Sophie Brown and debutant Izzy Hassleman, along with an own goal from the Millers’ Rachel Hale, saw the Belles comfortably through to the next stage.

Sam Winch and Alexandre Brito Nogueira made three changes to the starting XI with goalkeeper Paige Johnson and namesake Ryley both coming into the team alongside forward Brown, who missed out against the draw with Stockport County through illness.

Hassleman was named on the bench for the Belles meanwhile, with Hannah McWilliams also back in the squad fater making her return from a minor injury. 

Holly Housley and Brown both fired over early on for the Belles, who started on the front foot, with Lindsey Tugby-Andrew also denied by United shot stopper Georgia Ward.

The opener came on 31 minutes, with Rotherham defender Hale nodding into her own net past an onrushing Ward as the hosts failed to deal with a dangerous set-piece delivery.

Pushing for a second, the Belles saw Jas Saxton come close with a strike which hit the side netting before Ward puled off three stops in quick succession to deny the visitors.

Jess Tugby-Andrew, Housley and Izzy Gigg all saw efforts kept out, but virtually with the last kick of the half, Sneddon curled home to double the advantage, a pearler of a strike from the edge of the area.

In the ascendancy, the Belles’ push for a third at the restart saw Gigg denied once more and Brown poke an effort narrowly wide one-on-one before the latter grabbed her goal for the afternoon.

Captain Jess Tugby-Andrew found herself out on the right wing, and picked the striker out with an inch-perfect cross, with a glancing header from Brown doing the rest.

Hassleman was introduced on 74 minutes from the bench, replacing Saxton five minutes after a quadruple change to the Belles’ makeup. 

Lauren Breen was one of those four, and was kept out by Ward in trying to convert Ryley Johnson’s low cross, but Hassleman made it four with seven minutes remaining as she hammered home into an empty net as full-back Johnson’s cross to the back post was kept alive amidst confusion in the hosts’ defence.

Nat Banaszczyk was then denied, before Paige Johnson produced a fine stop to deny Jessie Broadhurst, preserving her clean sheet on debut.

The Belles are next in action on Sunday, September 24 with a league trip to Norton & Stockton Ancients up in the North East. Next Sunday’s clash takes place at the Norton Sports Complex (2pm KO).

Belles: P. Johnson, R. Johnson, Rattenbury, J. Tugby-Andrew (c), Abadi, Housley, Sneddon (Banaszczyk ’69), L. Tugby-Andrew (McWilliams ’69), Saxton (Hassleman ’74), Gigg (Breen ’69), Brown (Morris ’69)


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