Belles head coach Zoey Shaw feels she can take a lot of positives from defeat against Sheffield FC in the FAWNL League Cup on Sunday.
The Belles led 1-0 at the break at the Keepmoat Stadium before four goals in the second half from their South Yorkshire rivals saw them progress, but Shaw believes her squad is coming along nicely early on in the season.
“I felt the score-line was harsh on our girls out there, 4-1 wasn’t the game that we played, we were unfortunate with most of the goals that went against us, it was a big improvement on last week’s performance and there’s much to build on,” she said.
“We can take away so many positives from this one and use that in the league now, we worked well as a team, we were disciplined, we got plenty of shots off on goal and I just think with all of that the score-line looks a little heavy.
“There wasn’t a massive gulf in class really, we didn’t look like we were a team in the league below, I felt we probably dominated the majority of the first half, as well as most of the second half until the final few minutes as well.”
The Belles return to league action next Sunday when they travel to Solihull Moors in the FAWNL Division One Midlands, before a trip to Long Eaton United four days later, and Shaw reckons her side will have learnt a lot from their experience against a team from the league above.
“Our main focus now is our trip to Solihull, back in league action, we’ve had some fresh legs out there today picking up minutes, many made a good impression, so the squad will be in a good place ready for those two games in four days,” she added.
“The performance against Sheffield has really given myself, Dav Doone and the rest of the coaching staff a bit of food for thought, we need to be ready for those league games coming up and make sure that everyone is ready when called upon.
“It was massive for them to come to the Keepmoat Stadium and play, a lot of them will have watched the first-team in the past come and play there, it’ll have been a dream for a lot of them to do that themselves and it’ll give them a great focus on what they can do in the future.”