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Shaw: Time off beneficial

19 October 2019

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Head coach Zoey Shaw says the Belles have had a great week in training despite not having a game to play at the end of it.

The Belles don’t currently have a scheduled league game until November 10 when they host Bedworth United at Oxford Street and Shaw feels the lack of pressure of a game on Sunday is something that is beneficial for her side.

“We’ve had a really good week in training, we’ve switched things up a bit, just to keep the atmosphere up and to try and get that tempo back up, we’ve had everyone together and they’ve all really had their heads switched on,” she said.

“We’ve had a lot of team-building activities too as I believe the basis of a good team is building up those connections, if we build up those relationships off the field then the results will come on it.

“It’s nice for us to have a break away from football in a way, we can afford to chill out the sessions, it’s a lot more relaxed where they’re not under any sort of pressure, and we don’t have to worry about any results.”

The break in games gives the Belles an opportunity to work hard in training in order to help them turn around their recent form, and Shaw believes her side will be ready for their next league game after all their hard work.

“We’re working on tying down those finer details, whether it’s what we’re doing when we have the ball, being patient on the ball and not giving it away when we’re in possession, we’re looking to use our experience,” she added.

“We have a couple sessions in the week and we’re in training on Sunday for the next couple weeks, we have a few other activities also booked in as well, but we just have to keep them moving and keep them mobile so they are ready for the next game.

“We’re looking at getting a couple more players in over the next couple of weeks, we also have a couple of friendlies lined up, we’re hoping that we can work on our play a lot in those games so we’re all set for the Bedworth game next month.”

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