Jessica Sigsworth of Manchester United Women Arsenal Women v Manchester United Women, FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Semi-Final football match, Emirates Stadium, London, UK - 07 Feb 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Goals galore – The season it all clicked for Manchester United-bound striker

After six years of waiting, Doncaster Rovers Belles striker Jess Sigsworth finally hit the goal trial during the 2017/2018 FA Women’s Super League 2 campaign, her performances eventually helping her secure a move to newly-formed club Manchester United.

The Doncaster-born forward made her senior debut for her hometown club back in 2011 but managed just seven goals in 41 appearances for the Belles before moving to Notts County in 2015.

Her time at Meadow Lane saw the player again struggle as she failed to make an appearance and Sigsworth returned to Doncaster Rovers Belles later in that calendar year. The 2016 campaign was one that was of real frustration for Sigsworth. She was unable to find the goals to save the Belles from relegation from the top flight while the player suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury which ruled her out of action for the best part of a year.

Sigsworth returned as an FA Women’s Super League 2 player in 2017/2018 and it was to be the season that everything clicked for her. The striker netted a phenomenal 15 league goals as the Belles won the league in a fabulous fashion. The South Yorkshire club ended the campaign with a 10-point lead while Sigsworth was awarded the Golden Boot.

A league restructure saw the Belles denied the opportunity to claim promotion and Sigsworth was swiftly snapped up by newly-formed Manchester United for their debut campaign in the FA Women’s Championship. The player went on to continue her excellent goalscoring form, claiming another Golden Boot with 17 goals as United romped to the league title at the first attempt.

Sigsworth has stepped back up to FA Women’s Super League level again this season and while the goals have dried up a little, she is a natural finisher and with both time and playing opportunities, she is likely to become a regular goalscorer once again.

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