Doncaster Rovers Belles and Lincoln Ladies played out a hard-fought draw in the battle of the league’s bottom clubs.
Just one point separates the two sides in the Women’s Super League with Lincoln hosting Doncaster at Sincil Bank and both keen to get their first win of the season.
Lincoln enjoyed the better of the chances in the first half with former Belles forwards Carla Cantrell and Precious Hamilton looking lively.
Jess Clarke tested former Lady Imps keeper Nicola Hobbs on a couple of occasions too, her 40th minute header the best of the efforts from a Sophie Walton delivery which nestled into the Belles’ number one’s arms.
Ashleigh Mills had Karen Bardsley at full stretch a minute later with a teasing strike towards her right-hand post.
Jess Sigsworth had a half chance just after the interval when her first-time shot was blocked after a back-heel from ex-Imp Sue Smith to set-up the under-19s England international.
Minutes later Clarke powered down the right channel and burst towards the byline but her cross flashed across goal without a Lincoln player gambling on the delivery as Belles cleared.
Cantrell was eager to net against her old club and forced Hobbs into a dive down to her right as she denied the forward’s drilled effort late on.
Nicky Emery came off the bench and had a glorious chance to put the visitors ahead as she managed to wriggle free of her marker but dragged her shot wide of Bardsley’s right-hand post.
Both sides powered forward for that elusive match-winner with Cheryl Foster - earning a start following her penalty strike against Everton last week - going close as Clarke, Cantrell and Hamilton were all dangerous for the hosts, but neither side were able to break the deadlock in front of an attendance of 338.
See this week’s Free Press for a special report from Belles’ ex-players and all of tonight’s match reaction.