DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES: Buckley content after battling Belles share the spoils with Blues

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DONCASTER Rovers Belles made it four points from their last two games after sharing the spoils with Everton Ladies following a 1-1 draw on Merseyside.

Buoyed by a 2-1 midweek win over Lincoln City Ladies at the Keepmoat Stadium, which saw them climb off the foot of the FA Women’s Super League table, Belles got off a flying start.

Defender Leandra Little poked the ball home in a goalmouth scramble after her header from a 13th minute corner had come back off the crossbar.

Stung by the goal, Everton started to come more into the game and their quality on the ball began to pose problems for John Buckley’s side, who only had one fit substitute.

The Blues took a firm grip on the game after the break and drew level courtesy of England international Fara Williams on 51 minutes,

The midfielder chipped Belles keeper Mary Earps from around 35 yards out.

“It was a quality finish by a quality player,” said Buckley.

The home side piled on the pressure as they chased a winner and Buckley praised the efforts of skipper Katie Holtham (twice) and defenders Little and Tanya Oxtoby for putting their bodies on the line to block goalbound shots.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic, however, and Belles had several late chances to grab their third win of the season. The best chance fell to young striker Millie Bright, whose long range shot looked to be going in until the home keeper made a tremendous finger tip save. Aine O’Gorman then broke clear and beat the keeper only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

“It would have been nice to have gone away with all three points but I’d have settled for a draw before the game,” said Buckley.