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Sunday, 22 October, 2000, 16:57 GMT
Belles keep up pressure on Arsenal
Doncaster Belles
Belles maintained their 100% record
BBC Sport Online's women's football correspondent Tony Leighton rounds up the weekend's big Premier League matches.

Former Sunderland winger Aran Embleton proved the undoing of her old club as Doncaster Belles beat the Mackems 4-0 to maintain their 100 per cent record and close the gap on Women's Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Embleton scored twice and laid on another of the goals in a physical National Division contest which was not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests.

Squander

Sunderland had plenty of the play and created a number of simple goalscoring opportunities, only to squander the lot of them.

Not so the Belles, who went into the lead through a 38th minutes header by England midfielder Vicky Exley.

Embleton increased the lead with a cross-cum-shot just before half time, then set up England striker Karen Walker to put the result beyond doubt with a 70th minute goal.

A scrambled effort by Embleton completed the scoring 12 minutes from time to leave the second-placed Belles just one point behind Arsenal and with a game in hand.

Arsenal's scheduled match at Millwall was postponed due to the Lionesses' London County Cup commitments, though ironically the two sides are now set to meet in the quarter finals of the competition after Millwall's 5-0 win against Rainham.

Everton stayed in touch with Arsenal and Doncaster thanks to a 2-0 win at near neighbours Tranmere, who remain fourth in the table but are now six points behind Everton.

The visitors went ahead through in-form striker Kelly Shimmin, who took her recent goal tally to six in three matches with a 23rd minute close range strike.

Wrapped up

Captain Mo Marley wrapped up the points with a similarly scored goal in the 58th minute, the England defender having recovered from the head injury she sustained in last week's 5-2 win against Sunderland.

The third Merseyside outfit in the top flight, Liverpool, are having a miserable season which continued with a 6-1 defeat in their bottom of the table clash at Southampton Saints.

Gill Hart gave the visitors a 29th minute lead, but Saints bounced back with a vengeance to record their first victory of the season and leave Liverpool pointless after six outings.

Una Nwajei levelled the scores in first half stoppage time, then two goals in two minutes early in the second period set up the home team for their big win.

Winger Gemma Ritchie gave Saints the lead with a great solo effort in the 55th minute, quickly followed by a Shelley Cox goal from striker Nwajei's cross.

Alex Cottier stretched the lead in the 61st minute before Nwajei and Ritchie each bagged their second goals in the final 10 minutes.

Charlton's match against Barry Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, leaving the Latics with a growing backlog of fixtures - while the rest of the National Division sides have played at least six games, Charlton have managed just three.

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