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Doncaster relegated after losing at home to Notts County

Jess Clarke

Jess Clarke has scored six goals in 18 games for Notts County in all competitions this season

Doncaster Rovers Belles have been relegated from Women’s Super League 1 after being beaten at home by Notts County Ladies.

The South Yorkshire side, who have lost all 14 of their games, knew before kick-off that only victory would keep their survival hopes alive.

Carla Humphrey gave Belles hope when she slotted them into an early lead.

But Aileen Whelan and Jess Clarke fired home to send Doncaster down after one season in the top flight.

Whelan lashed home to equalise after Anna Moorhouse denied Jade Moore when Doncaster failed to clear Jo Potter’s free-kick.

Moments later striker Clarke cut in from the left and curled an effort past Moorhouse and into the top right-hand corner.

Doncaster manager Emma Coates told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

“There is no denying having relegation confirmed hurts. I feel for the girls because I thought we should have got something from the game.

“They were two poor goals to concede after getting ourselves into a great position after going 1-0 up again. It’s been the story of our season.

“The fans have been brilliant. We’re bottom of the league without a point but we don’t have the lowest attendance.

“We haven’t given them a lot to cheer about but you can see how much the club means to them. It’s just a shame that we couldn’t stay in the league.”

Doncaster Belles (4-1-2-1-2): Moorhouse; Barker, Little, Roberts, Pacheco; Lipka (Tierney, 73); Simpkins, Omarsdottir; Bakowska-Mathews; Humphrey, Murray (Rayner, 68).

Substitutes not used: Hobbs, Newborough, Whittle, Watson.

Notts County (4-3-3): Walsh; Buet (Oliver, 49), Bassett, Moore, Luik; Potter, Crichton, James (Ejupi, 89); Clarke, Williams, Whelan.

Substitutes not used: Cushin.

Referee: Duncan Street

Attendance: 820

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1, Notts County Ladies 2.

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1, Notts County Ladies 2.

Foul by Carla Humphrey (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Rachel Williams (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Conceded by Laura Bassett.

Foul by Mayumi Pacheco (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Jessica Clarke (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Notts County Ladies. Elizabeth Ejupi replaces Angharad James.

Attempt missed. Jo Potter (Notts County Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Jessica Clarke (Notts County Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Angharad James (Notts County Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sophie Barker (Doncaster Rovers Belles) because of an injury.

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Samantha Tierney replaces Kasia Lipka.

Carla Humphrey (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Angharad James (Notts County Ladies).

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers Belles. Rebecca Raynor replaces Christie Murray.

Aileen Whelan (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leandra Little (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Taome Oliver (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mayumi Pacheco (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Jessica Clarke (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rhiannon Roberts (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Foul by Rachel Williams (Notts County Ladies).

Rhiannon Roberts (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aivi Luik (Notts County Ladies).

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

Attempt saved. Jessica Clarke (Notts County Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Christie Murray (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jo Potter (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martha Bakowska-Mathews (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Substitution, Notts County Ladies. Taome Oliver replaces Danielle Buet.

Attempt saved. Emily Simpkins (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Martha Bakowska-Mathews (Doncaster Rovers Belles) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aivi Luik (Notts County Ladies).

Second Half begins Doncaster Rovers Belles 1, Notts County Ladies 2.

First Half ends, Doncaster Rovers Belles 1, Notts County Ladies 2.

Attempt missed. Emily Simpkins (Doncaster Rovers Belles) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Kasia Lipka (Doncaster Rovers Belles).

Jessica Clarke (Notts County Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37599400