Sunderland defeat opens up title race

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Doncaster Rovers Belles 2

SUNDERLAND have a fight on their hands to wrap up the FA Women’s Super League 2 title after their unbeaten streak came to an end against second-placed Doncaster Rovers Belles.

The Lady Black Cats enjoyed an eight-point lead and home advantage going into the game at the Hetton Centre knowing victory would make them champions.

They took an early lead through Beth Mead and looked to be on their way to victory in front of strong home support.

However, Belles hero Jess Sigsworth equalised in the second half before Victoria Williams grabbed the winner with less than ten minutes to go.

The Belles started strongest but Sunderland took the lead on the quarter-hour when Mead’s header from Steph Bannon’s free-kick looped over keeper Nicola Hobbs.

The visitors then saw the ball hit the woodwork twice before getting an equaliser just after the hour – Sigsworth getting on the end of a cross from the left and steering the ball past keeper Rachael Laws from close range.

And they kept the title race alive when Williams slotted a fine goal home in the 83rd minute to give her side the lead.

Sunderland pushed hard in the minutes remaining to get something out of the game, but were unable to prevent their season-long unbeaten run coming to an end.

The FA Women’s Super League has been newly expanded to two leagues for 2014. To watch all 18 clubs live in action buy tickets here: http://www.ticketstores.co.uk/fawsl