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Published on May 6, 2011

Wednesday 13 April 2011
Sincil Bank Stadium
WL match
Doncaster Rovers Belles Goal Scorers: Exley 45'

Belles Edge Opener

Doncaster Rovers Belles launched their Women's Super League campaign with an impressive 1-0 victory at local rivals Lincoln Ladies.

Vicky Exley scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time, when she turned home Precious Hamilton's cross.

The Lady Imps dominated the second half, but despite several near misses, an equaliser failed to arrive, leaving them pointless from their first ever top-flight match.

Doncaster deservedly led at the break after controlling the first half. After a quiet first half-hour, the game burst into life when Exley's header was nodded off the line by Lincoln right-back Casey Stoney.

The visitors went close again in the 38th minute when, after Exley disposed Lea Little, her cross was fired over the bar from close range by Hamilton.

The Lady Imps' best chance of the half arrived when a wonderful flick from Remi Allen was pounced on by Carla Cantrell, but her attempted lop over keeper Helen Alderson cleared the bar.

It proved be a crucial miss as Doncaster finally took the lead on the stroke of half-time. Hamilton made up for her earlier miss by muscling her way into the box and setting up EXLEY, who drove the ball past Kay Hawke.

Lincoln piled on the pressure in the second half in search of an equaliser and England legend Sue Smith almost provided it when a superb long-range effort struck the inside of the post with Alderson beaten. Skipper Megan Harris then headed inches wide as the hosts continued to press.

Substitute Sophie Walton was next to go close for Lincoln when her effort beat the on-rushing Alderson before being hacked off the line. The clearance fell to Jess Clarke, but her fierce drive was also blocked by the Doncaster defence.

As time ran out, the visitors wasted a golden chance to make it 2-0 when Hamilton stabbed the ball wide from close range after Lincoln failed to clear a corner. Hamilton then forced a brilliant save from Hawke, but Exley's goal proved to be the winner.

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