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REPORT | Belles 4 Dronfield Town 0

22 January 2024


REPORT | Belles 4 Dronfield Town 0

22 January 2024

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Jasmine Saxton netted a hat trick as the Belles coasted past Dronfield Town to reach the last four of the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Senior Cup.

Phoebe Sneddon also found the net to help cap a dominant performance from the Belles, who are seeking to reach the final of the competition for a second successive season. 

Against strong winds on the 3G playing surface at the Eco-Power Stadium, the Belles looked to dominate from the start but struggled for clear cut opportunities in the early stages. 

Natalie Banaszczyk rolled a shot wide from a fine lofted pass from Izzy Gigg while Saxton drew the first save from Dronfield keeper Carly Gill after latching onto a link-up between Sophie Brown and Arianne Parnham. 

But patience paid off on 15 minutes. Saxton beat Gill to the ball and, after being forced wide, picked out Sneddon in the middle to thread a shot through a crowded box and give the Belles the lead. 

The lead was doubled just two minutes later. Holly Housley lofted a ball over the top with Saxton racing through and slotting home into the bottom corner. 

Dronfield almost hit back soon after when Ruby Burns latched onto a loose ball only to fire narrowly wide. 

Saxton crashed a shot off the crossbar after racing onto a pass before hitting the woodwork once again when meeting Parnham’s drilled ball across the box. 

Brown burst through one-on-one with the keeper and dragged a shot wide, ensuring the Belles’ advantage was only two at the break despite their dominance. 

Saxton extended the lead on 50 minutes as she cut inside from the left and drilled into the top corner. 

Parnham was impressive on the right and caused problems for Dronfield throughout. 

Ryley Johnson drew a save from Gill from the right as the Belles continued to push, with the Dronfield keeper ensuring the score stayed down. 

But Saxton completed her hat trick on 82 minutes. Gigg slid a pass through for Saxton, who ran across goal from the left and found the bottom corner to wrap up the victory. 

Belles: Sharpe, R.Johnson, Housley, J.Tugby-Andrew, Gigg, Saxton, Sneddon, Brown, Yates, Parnham, Banaszczyk. Subs: Abadi, Rattenbury, McWilliams, Morris, Hart.

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