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Birmingham City Ladies 2-1 Doncaster Rovers Belles

Melissa Lawley (left)
Melissa Lawley (left) scored what proved to be Birmingham's winning goal

Birmingham City Ladies earned their first win of 2016 as they came from behind to beat Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Natasha Dowie put the Belles ahead from close range early on but Freda Ayisi's header drew the hosts level.

Birmingham were in front before half-time thanks to Melissa Lawley's deflected strike and they held on for victory in a scrappy second half.

Defeat leaves Doncaster bottom of the table and without any points from their first three league games of 2016.

The Belles' best chance for an equaliser came when Dowie fired across the box but Katrin Omarsdottir could not quite get a touch to turn the ball goalwards.

Birmingham are up to fifth in the table, six points behind leaders Chelsea and second-placed Manchester City.

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Birmingham midfielder Jo Potter: "We needed that result after losing our first two league games - we didn't play badly in either of them, but tonight was a must-win for us.

"We had to stamp our authority on this game, and after going behind that's exactly what we did.

"We didn't panic after conceding, we kept our heads, kept believing and once we'd got the equaliser I always felt we would go on to win the game.

Doncaster Rovers Belles goal scorer Dowie: "We gave away two sloppy goals. If teams open you up and score good goals against you that's one thing, but both of those were preventable.

"We can't carry on conceding goals like that, we have to keep them out and take our chances at the other end.

"We came back into the game in the second half and in the end I think a draw would have been a fair result, but we just couldn't get an equaliser.

"We'll learn from this, though. We're a new team in the top flight and we're going to be the underdogs in games, but we'll improve and we'll be competitive."


B'ham City Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Baggaley
  • 4Carter
  • 25Mannion
  • 19WestwoodSubstituted forMooreat 45'minutes
  • 6Harrop
  • 16Peplow
  • 8Allen
  • 11PotterBooked at 81mins
  • 7Ayisi
  • 15WellingsSubstituted forStringerat 87'minutes
  • 14Lawley


  • 12Stringer
  • 13Moore
  • 20Edwards
  • 22Brown
  • 24Johnson
  • 26Davies
  • 27Brazil

Doncaster Rovers Belles

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Hobbs
  • 18Barker
  • 4Little
  • 3TierneyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRobertsat 45'minutes
  • 12GummerSubstituted forSimpkinsat 45'minutes
  • 6Lipka
  • 2EastonBooked at 80mins
  • 7Omarsdottir
  • 11Sigsworth
  • 10Dowie
  • 20Humphrey


  • 5Roberts
  • 13Moorhouse
  • 14Mosby
  • 15Newborough
  • 17Simpkins
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Match Stats

Home TeamB'ham City WomenAway TeamDoncaster Rovers Belles
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City Ladies 2, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City Ladies 2, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City Ladies. Abbey-Leigh Stringer replaces Charlie Wellings.

  4. Post update

    Emily Simpkins (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Melissa Lawley (Birmingham City Ladies).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City Ladies. Conceded by Nicola Hobbs.

  7. Booking

    Jo Potter (Birmingham City Ladies) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Booking

    Becky Easton (Doncaster Rovers Belles) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    (Birmingham City Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Becky Easton (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City Ladies).

  12. Post update

    Sophie Barker (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jo Potter (Birmingham City Ladies).

  14. Post update

    Jessica Sigsworth (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Natasha Dowie (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Chloe Peplow (Birmingham City Ladies).

  17. Post update

    Leandra Little (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jo Potter (Birmingham City Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chloe Peplow (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Freda Ayisi (Birmingham City Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

As It Stood

1Chelsea Women33008269
2Man City Women33005059
3Arsenal Women420256-16
4Liverpool Women31114404
5B'ham City Women310224-23
6Sunderland Ladies20203302
7Reading Women402258-32
8Notts County Ladies201123-11
9Doncaster Rovers Belles200226-40
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