After weeks of delay, Doncaster Rovers Belles finally played their first match in the Women’s Super League 2 Spring Series, and they did it in style, beating leaders London Bees 4-1.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, who missed most of 2016 with a broken leg, hit a brace, with Christine Murray and Emily Simpkins adding the others.
Emma Beckett managed a late consolation from a cleverly-taken free kick.
Everton maintained their winning run, picking up three points at Sheffield with a 2-1 win. Claudia Walker put the Blue Girls ahead midway through the second-half, but Sherry McCue levelled things up for the hosts.
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It was the unfortunate Ellie Gilliatt who handed the victory to the visitors, turning through her own net with just over ten minutes to go.
It was all square in the other three Spring Series fixtures of the weekend: Millwall and Brighton played out a goalless draw, as did Oxford United and Aston Villa.
Keith Boanas’s Watford side have been showing glimmers of good form since his arrival, and it was a spectacular Rinsola Babajide strike that grabbed the Golden Girls a point after Emily Roberts had opened the scoring for Durham.
Still, a draw was enough for the Wildcats to move to the top of the league, leapfrogging London Bees.