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Sunday, 3 December, 2000, 17:57 GMT
Banks hits five in Arsenal win
Debbie Beer
Beer's mistake gifted Doncaster Belles the lead
BBC Sport Online's women's football correspondent Tony Leighton rounds up the action from the weekend's big Premier League matches.

It was back to business with a vengeance for Angela Banks and Arsenal as the National Division leaders returned to action with an 11-0 hammering of bottom club Liverpool following the recent weather-enforced curtailment of the Women's Premier League programme.

Banks, fresh from helping England qualify for Euro 2001 with Tuesday's 2-0 second leg play-off victory (aggregate 4-1) over the Ukraine, hit five of the goals to take her season's incredible tally to 25 in 11 League and Cup matches.

Jane Ludlow scored twice and the Arsenal romp was completed by goals from Ciara Grant, Sian Williams, Clare Wheatley and Ellen Maggs.

Second in the table Doncaster Belles are the only team looking to have a chance of catching Arsenal, whom they entertain next Sunday in what will undoubtedly be the match of the season to date.

The Belles will go into that crunch match defending the top flight's only 100 per cent record, having earned a hard fought 2-1 victory at Southampton Saints to stay four points behind Arsenal with two games in hand.

Donny made the most of their luck to beat the Saints, whose goalkeeper Debbie Beer gift-wrapped the opening goal with a mis-kick which let in Melanie Garside to score five minutes before the interval.

Shelly Cox forced in the equaliser six minutes after the break and, as play swung from end to end, the visitors' England international goalkeeper Leanne Hall had to make a couple of excellent saves.
Sue Smith on England duty
Sue Smith was on target for Charlton

Saints came within three minutes of taking a point, but with time running out a cross by Sarah Abrahams hit the foot of a post to trickle over the line for the winner.

There were fun and games at Millwall, where third placed Everton's latest England debutant Rachel Unitt made her mark in more ways than one.

Former Wolves player Unitt, who at 18 made her first senior England start in Tuesday's Euro triumph, equalised Jane Simpson's 50th minute opener for the home side with a scorching 25 yard shot in the 57th minute.

Pru Buckley quickly restored Millwall's lead, only for Kelly Shimmin to grab a 62nd minute equaliser before Unitt proved that her strength lies not only in her shot.

Colliding accidentally with referee Chris Turner, the player was quickly back on her feet - but not so the ref. Turner was laid out cold and, after being brought round, had to shakily enquire how much stoppage time to add!

Charlton moved up to fifth place in the table with a 2-1 home win against fourth placed Tranmere in a match of mixed fortunes for England players.

The Addicks' Under 18 midfield international Carly Hunt, less than a fortnight after being sent off for violent conduct against Wales Under 18's, was dismissed for the same reason seven minutes before the interval with Charlton a goal down.

Kelly Burns had given the visitors a 20th minute lead, but Hunt's England Under 18 colleague Alexa Hunn levelled the scores with a 64th minute goal after entering the fray as substitute.

The Charlton winner arrived three minutes from time courtesy of Tranmere's England winger Sue Smith. Five days after setting the national team on the way to victory over the Ukraine with the opening goal, Smith sadly headed an own goal to wrap up the points for the Addicks.

The National Division's final fixture, in which Barry Town were scheduled to entertain Sunderland, was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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