Birmingham Step Up Push For Top Two Finish

Saturday 30th July
FA WSL 1
Doncaster Rovers Belles 0-1 Birmingham City (Att: 504)
FA WSL 2
Everton 1-1 Sheffield FC (Att: 383)
Millwall Lionesses 1-2 Bristol City (Att: 493)

Doncaster Rovers Belles 0-1 Birmingham City

Birmingham City made it ten games unbeaten in their pursuit of a top-two finish and kept another clean sheet, when scoring the only goal of the game at lowly Doncaster.

After a first half low on chances, Birmingham went ahead just after the hour, Kirsty Linnett slotting home past Nicola Hobbs just 30 seconds after coming on.

Worse was to come for the Belles when influential striker Jess Sigsworth went down with a knee injury and appeared to make matters worse when she tried to return to the field – Belles had already lost Emily Simpkins in the first half.

Katrin Omarsdottir was twice denied one-on-one by City’s Sophie Baggaley and Christie Murray missed a late chance to level for the Belles.

Pictured – Millwall’s Ashlee Hincks tackles Bristol’s Chloe Arthur. (Photo: The FA via Getty Images)

Millwall Lionesses 1-2 Bristol City

Bristol City again took top spot from Yeovil, following a 2-1 win at The Den over a Millwall side who have not tasted victory since the opening day.

The Vixens threatened early on as Olivia Fergusson volleyed against the crossbar and they found the net in the 11th minute, Claire Emslie turning in Chloe Arthur’s cut back.

After the break, Flo Allen also hit the Lionesses’ bar from 35 yards, before Millwall equalised just after the hour, when Rinsola Babajide slotted into an empty net from 6 yards.

But Emslie put the visitors back in the lead a minute later, beating keeper Grace Taylor with a curling effort from 25 yards out.

Everton 1-1 Sheffield FC

The joint tightest defences in WSL 2 conceded once each, as promotion-chasing Everton were pegged back by newcomers Sheffield FC.

Millie Turner rose above her marker to head home Michelle Hinnigan’s corner for the hosts on 20 minutes.

Sheffield responded well as Rhema Lord-Mears fired narrowly wide before Jodie Michalska was denied by Kirstie Levell.

After the break the visitors drew level in the 48th minute when a flowing move resulted in Hannah Dale slotting home from 10 yards out.

Everton’s Claudia Walker saw her shot fly agonisingly wide, while at the other end Michalska could not get a clean connection on the ball from a few yards out.

Chloe Dixon then dragged a shot inches wide and Sheffield were relieved again  when Carla Ward headed off the line to deny Megan Finnigan.

Pictured top – Kirsty Linnett scores for Birmingham. (Photo: The FA via Getty Images)