The first game of the season saw Belles U16s away to newly-formed Adwick All Stars, writes Marie Gibb.
The Belles were dominant from the kick-off which was compounded by Adwick only fielding 10 players.
The first goal of the Belles’ season came from the kick-off as Libby Challinor passed to Jade Smedley who ran down the left wing and crossed into Challinor who scored her first league goal for the club.
This was quickly followed by a quality corner delivered by Smedley which Challinor connected with to earn herself a brace in a matter of minutes.
The Belles’ third goal came from a blocked goal kick, KD Roberts then passed the ball to a cool Caitlin Gunnell who hit a well-timed shot into the Adwick net.
Another came as Melissa Waters’ cross was met expertly by Smedley who hit the back of the net from well outside the six-yard box for her first Belles league goal. Goal number five saw skillful passing put Casie Henderson into a great scoring position earning her first for the Belles.
Tactical changes ensued as Belles struck again - this time following good work from Kaitlyn Doncaster who found Kesley O’Driscoll. She didn’t need a second invite as she rifled the ball home.
A good run from Waters down the left wing and a fantastic cross saw Rowan Newman connect well, hitting the back of the net beautifully.
The last goal of the first half saw O’Driscoll score a well controlled goal from a Doncaster throw-in.
Despite the 8-0 half-time scoreline, Adwick never stopped and showed great determination.
The second half started much like the first and saw a quality cross from Steph Miller tapped in by Doncaster.
A Challinor corner was fired in by Henderson as the provider featured in the next two goals with her shot rebounding off the Adwick keeper and Newman being in the right place for a tap in.
Challinor then crossed for Miller to net her first for the Belles.
Miller also played a big part in goal 13 with a cross to Carmen Vine which set her off on a great run down the wing before firing home a superb long range shot.
The final goal of the match went deservedly to Becky Cork who found the back of the net from a well delivered corner.