Women's Super League 1
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Women's Super League One: Doncaster Rovers Belles 1-2 Notts County Ladies

Jess Clarke
Jess Clarke has scored six goals in 18 games for Notts County in all competitions this season

Doncaster Rovers Belles have been relegated from Women's Super League 1 after being beaten at home by Notts County Ladies.

The South Yorkshire side, who have lost all 14 of their games, knew before kick-off that only victory would keep their survival hopes alive.

Carla Humphrey gave Belles hope when she slotted them into an early lead.

But Aileen Whelan and Jess Clarke fired home to send Doncaster down after one season in the top flight.

Whelan lashed home to equalise after Anna Moorhouse denied Jade Moore when Doncaster failed to clear Jo Potter's free-kick.

Moments later striker Clarke cut in from the left and curled an effort past Moorhouse and into the top right-hand corner.

Doncaster manager Emma Coates told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

"There is no denying having relegation confirmed hurts. I feel for the girls because I thought we should have got something from the game.

"They were two poor goals to concede after getting ourselves into a great position after going 1-0 up again. It's been the story of our season.

"The fans have been brilliant. We're bottom of the league without a point but we don't have the lowest attendance.

"We haven't given them a lot to cheer about but you can see how much the club means to them. It's just a shame that we couldn't stay in the league."

Doncaster Belles (4-1-2-1-2): Moorhouse; Barker, Little, Roberts, Pacheco; Lipka (Tierney, 73); Simpkins, Omarsdottir; Bakowska-Mathews; Humphrey, Murray (Rayner, 68).

Substitutes not used: Hobbs, Newborough, Whittle, Watson.

Notts County (4-3-3): Walsh; Buet (Oliver, 49), Bassett, Moore, Luik; Potter, Crichton, James (Ejupi, 89); Clarke, Williams, Whelan.

Substitutes not used: Cushin.

Referee: Duncan Street

Attendance: 820

Line-ups

Doncaster Rovers Belles

  • 13Moorhouse
  • 18Barker
  • 5Roberts
  • 4LittleBooked at 3mins
  • 2Pacheco
  • 6LipkaSubstituted forTierneyat 73'minutes
  • 7Omarsdottir
  • 21Bakowska-Mathews
  • 17Simpkins
  • 10MurraySubstituted forRaynorat 68'minutes
  • 20Humphrey

Substitutes

  • 1Hobbs
  • 3Tierney
  • 12Raynor
  • 14Watson
  • 15Newborough
  • 16Whittle

Notts County Ladies

  • 12Walsh
  • 4BuetSubstituted forOliverat 49'minutes
  • 14Moore
  • 23Bassett
  • 3Luik
  • 16JamesSubstituted forEjupiat 89'minutes
  • 18Crichton
  • 20Whelan
  • 10Potter
  • 8Williams
  • 7Clarke

Substitutes

  • 11Ejupi
  • 22Oliver
  • 25Cushin
Attendance:
820

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncaster Rovers BellesAway TeamNotts County Ladies
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1, Notts County Ladies 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1, Notts County Ladies 2.

Jessica Clarke (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sophie Barker (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Rachel Williams (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mayumi Pacheco (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Conceded by Taome Oliver.

Foul by Jessica Clarke (Notts County Ladies).

Mayumi Pacheco (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jessica Clarke (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mayumi Pacheco (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County Ladies. Elizabeth Ejupi replaces Angharad James.

Attempt missed. Jo Potter (Notts County Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jessica Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Jessica Clarke (Notts County Ladies) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Angharad James.

Offside, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Carla Humphrey tries a through ball, but Mayumi Pacheco is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Angharad James (Notts County Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rachel Williams.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sophie Barker (Doncaster Rovers Belles) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Samantha Tierney replaces Kasia Lipka.

Offside, Notts County Ladies. Jo Potter tries a through ball, but Jessica Clarke is caught offside.

Carla Humphrey (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jade Moore (Notts County Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Rebecca Raynor replaces Christie Murray.

Foul by Leandra Little (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Aileen Whelan (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Carla Humphrey (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Rachel Williams (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rhiannon Roberts (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Jessica Clarke (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Rachel Williams (Notts County Ladies).

Katrin Omarsdottir (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aivi Luik (Notts County Ladies).

Attempt missed. Jessica Clarke (Notts County Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Angharad James.

Attempt missed. Christie Murray (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sophie Barker.

Foul by Martha Bakowska-Mathews (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Jo Potter (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Notts County Ladies. Jo Potter tries a through ball, but Rachel Williams is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County Ladies. Taome Oliver replaces Danielle Buet because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Katrin Omarsdottir (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Martha Bakowska-Mathews (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women1513203533241
2Chelsea Ladies14101336142231
3Arsenal Women1482426111526
4Liverpool Ladies157442418625
5B'ham City Ladies146531011-123
6Notts County Ladies144371422-815
7Reading Women141671322-99
8Sunderland Ladies142391533-189
9Doncaster Rovers Belles140014746-390
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