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REPORT Chorley 1 Belles 4

29 January 2024


REPORT Chorley 1 Belles 4

29 January 2024

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The Belles collected a league double over Chorley with a 4-1 triumph in Lancashire.

Jasmine Saxton continued her excellent scoring run with a second half brace while Phoebe Sneddon and Lindsey Tugby-Andrew both netted before the break.

Hannah McWilliams made her 50th appearance for the club as the Belles climbed above their hosts in the FAWNL Division One North.

The opening to the game was scrappy but Sneddon was inches away from giving the Belles the lead when her curling effort was tipped onto the crossbar by Chorley keeper Emma Bradley.

Ellie Sharpe made an excellent save from Saffron Newhouse before pushing away the follow-up from Megan Parker as the hosts threatened.

The Belles wreslted control of the game and made it count on 19 minutes. Saxton held the ball up and laid off to Sneddon who cut back onto her right foot and rifled a shot in the top corner.

It took just three minutes for the advantage to be stretched. Lindsey Tugby-Andrew robbed the ball in the middle of the park and powered forward before slotting into the bottom corner.

Chorley pulled a goal back just before the break when a blocked shot landed at the feet of Charlotte Tyers who drilled home.

The Belles were on the back foot in the early stages of the second half and it took an brilliant goalline block from Jess Tugby-Andrew to deny Millie Fitzpatrick.

But the Belles soon found their feet and took control the game, dominating the ball and crafting opportunities.

Saxton put daylight between the sides once more just after the hour mark. Turning her marker, she fired home her first of the afternoon.

The icing on the cake came on 74 minutes. A brilliant run forward by Izzy Gigg carried the Belles forward before she put the ball on a plate for Saxton to tap home the fourth.

The only thing to marr the afternoon was an ankle injury to substitute Jess Hart in the later stages.

Belles: Sharpe, R Johnson, J Tugby-Andrew, Rattenbury, Housley (Yates), L Tugby-Andrew, McWilliams, Sneddon (Hart, Mortimer), Gigg, Parnham (Abadi), Saxton. Subs not used: P Johnson.

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