The Borussia Dortmund women's football team won their Dortmund derby against TV Brechten by a scoreline of 4-1(2-0). In front of a record crowd of 4,731 fans, Marie Grothe's hat-trick helped BVB tighten their grasp on the league title. 

The BVB women's team are on the cusp of securing promotion to the Westfalenliga. After a routine win over second-placed Brechten, the league title could be secured as early as next weekend. 

In the big match against their city rivals, the Black & Yellows seized the initiative right from the start and posed a threat early on. Mandy Reinhardt failed to make the most of an early opportunity, but Marie Grothe made no such mistake in the 16th minute, as she pounced on a rebound and hammered the ball into the back of the net to bring the score to 1-0. Ten minutes later, Mia Macarena Bedarf volleyed home a precise cross from Hannah Geldschläger to double the advantage. "After that we played some fair-weather football. Our movement was lacking and we didn't show the same ambition and conviction,'' bemoaned coach Thomas Sulewski. 

After the break, goalkeeper Sandra Schröer was called into action. Brechten substitute Ramona Stachel was played through on goal, but Schröer stood up tall and thwarted the big chance (54). The direct counter-attack led to BVB's third goal. Grothe and Bedarf combined beautifully in the opposition penalty area and Grothe finished with a powerful shot into the left-hand corner of the goal (55).

The Black & Yellows continued to dictate the play, but failed to capitalise on their numerous chances to score. Bedarf shot just wide of the target from ten metres out (64) and Marjana Naceva headed just over from close range (77). Brechten's Clarissa Menga punished their wastefulness with a looping shot over Schröer to make it 3-1 (82). It was Brechten's first ever goal against BVB in their fifth encounter. Grothe scored her third goal of the day shortly before the end with a confidently converted penalty to bring the final score to 4-1 (87). The scoreline could have been even bigger in the closing stages, but both Vanessa Kuhl and Naceva were denied by the woodwork. "It wasn't our best performance and we would have liked to have done more in front of the huge crowd. Nevertheless, there was never any doubt that we would win the game today and we can be satisfied with that," said captain Lisa Klemann.

The 4,731 spectators at the Rote Erde stadium set a new record crowd for the BVB women's team. The previous record was 1,625 spectators in September 2021 for the first ever league fixture against BV Brambauer. "It was a mega good crowd. The biggest game I've ever coached. It was fun and definitely gives us a taste for more," said Sulewski.

The Borussia Dortmund women's football team will travel to the second string of Fortuna Freudenberg next Sunday, 21 April (kick-off 13:00 CET). If Borussia win and Dröschede drop points against Bochum at the same time, then the BVB women will be crowned champions of the Landesliga 2 next weekend.

BVB women: Schröer – Geldschläger, Haslsteiner, Glänzer (78, Becker), Klemann – Gomulka – Greulich (78, Auffenberg), Grothe, Tan (78, Herper), Bedarf (65, Kuhl) – Reinhardt (59, Naceva)

Goals: 1-0 Grothe (16), 2-0 Bedarf (26), 3-0 Grothe (55), 3-1 Menga (82), 4-1 Grothe (87/penalty)