Millwall held as Reading and Doncaster Belles win in WSL 2

Sunday 10 May 2015
Millwall Lionesses captain Dionne Lennon
Millwall skipper Dionne Lennon insists her side are satisfied with their start to the FA WSL 2 season, after their fifth draw of the campaign against Yeovil Town at the Den on Saturday.

The Lionesses twice came from behind, with Naomi Cole burying a second-half penalty to level after Corinne Yorston had put Yeovil in front from the spot herself.

Natasha Knapman had headed home in the first half for the visitors, but her effort was cancelled out before half-time by Chelsea loanee Rosella Ayane’s fine strike.

The FA WSL 2

Saturday 9 May 2015
Millwall 2-2 Yeovil Town
Doncaster Rovers Belles 5-1 London Bees
Reading 2-1 Everton

The result maintains Millwall’s unbeaten start to the season in the FA Women’s Super League with BT Sport, and a contented Lennon was also impressed with the contribution of debutant Ashlee Hincks, who arrived from Gillingham last week.

"We’re happy with a draw of course, it's always better than losing," she said. 

"We did come here obviously wanting the three points, but we knew it would be a tough game and we're still unbeaten in six, we'll take that. 

"I think any team in any league in the world would be happy unbeaten, it's unfortunate that we keep getting draws but it's better than losing."

Meanwhile, Sue Smith admits it took a rousing second-half team talk from boss Glen Harris to get Doncaster Rovers Belles firing on all cylinders against London Bees.

Doncaster Rovers Belles midfielder Sue Smith.

Sue Smith scored a rare headed goal in Doncaster's 5-1 win over London Bees

With a summer break for the World Cup looming, the Belles stand proud at the top of FA WSL2 after a four-goal blitz after the break.

But despite the convincing scoreline Smith, who scored a rare header, concedes the 5-1 win came far from easy.

"In the first half we were disappointed with our performance," said the former England star. 

"We went in there and Glen had a few words with us, told us that we weren’t good enough all the way through from defence to attack, and that we all had to look at ourselves and improve our performance.

"In the second half we came out and showed what we were about."

Elsewhere, Reading captain Lauren Bruton admits their 2-1 victory over Everton was the ideal boost ahead of next Saturday’s clash with Doncaster Rovers Belles.


Reading captain Lauren Bruton in action in the FA WSL 2

Goals from Bruton and Emma Follis not only helped inflict a first league defeat of the season on Everton but also kept the Royals in second place – three points behind the Belles.

"I feel amazing but it’s not just about the win, it’s how we won," she said. 

"We won as a group and it was a good team performance and we deserved it for all the hard work we have put it over the last two and half weeks in training. 

"We tried to work hard as a group straight from the first minute and that proved with the first goal. 

"We had a rough patch and we’ve come back fighting now and everyone played amazing, even the girls on the sideline and even the girls who came on were brilliant, so it’s good that we’ve got a win and now we push on against Donnie."

By FA Staff