Doncaster Belles juniors began their seasons at the weekend and it was a largely successful one, writes Chris Wright.
The U11s whites playing their first match under Mark Ellemes stewardship unfortunately lost 9-0 to Dronfield Town (away).
Despite the defeat Mark remained upbeat drawing many positives from the performance.
The U11s reds have a little more experience having won the league and cup at U10 level last season under Donna and Kayleigh’s leadership.
Donna may have moved on to pastures new but the message that Kayleigh and the girls sent out after this 6-1 home win against Sheffield United Community Ladies was that it’s business as usual.
The U13s are also defending their league and cup double and started with a rip-roaring 8-0 victory over a bigger more physical Dearne & District side at Balby Carr.
The U14s are under new management this season in the guise of Jon Nassau - their first truly competitive match for him saw the Belles travel to play Sheffield FC (formerly Crosspool) and return with a 9-0 victory.
The spoils came thanks to goals from a Demi Adams hat-trick, two goals each from Jordan Cheetham and Jasmine Blunt plus goals from Lisha Pearson and Laura Cogill. Equally as pleasing was the fact that Shania Robinson played in her first match ever in goal and kept a clean sheet.
The U15s recorded a 9-0 victory of their own at home against Wombwell Juniors.
The U16s faced travelled to Woodlands to play a newly-formed Adwick Allstars, who could only muster 10 players.
The Belles ran out 14-0 winners which sends down a marker to the rest of the division.
The U18s played Sheffield United Community Ladies Reds away and the Belles ran out comfortable 5-1 winners thanks to goals from Sophie Thompson, Lori Hudson, debutant Shelby Bryan and two goals from Holly Housley.
On Sunday the two open age sides were seeking to improve last weekend’s opening day league defeats. The Reserves left it late to come back from a half time 2-0 deficit to score the winner in the last couple of minutes and take the match 3-2 against Staveley Miners welfare.
The Belles scorers were Nastasha Turner, Sophie Thompson and Katie Mcreadie.
The NERWFL Belles side, under the guidance of Richard Earle and Dale Weatherstone, faced newly-promoted Sheffield Wednesday. The match ended 2-2 with the Belles goals coming from Amy Blinkhorn and Emily Weatherstone.
A quick mention to the FAWSL Belles side who managed a very creditable 1-1 draw at home to Everton at the weekend which makes four points taken in the last 10 days.
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