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Shaw keen to move on quickly

30 September 2019

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Belles head coach Zoey Shaw felt the Belles made it all too easy for their opponents after a third away defeat in a row in the FAWNL Division One Midlands.

The Belles saw themselves head into the break against league leaders Wolves Women level at 2-2 before the hosts ran away with it in the second half, eventually winning 7-2 at the CKW Stadium, and Shaw wants her side to move on quickly from the defeat.

“It was a real game of two halves, we came in at 2-2 thinking we’d done a good job of containing them but then to come back out and then end up conceding five after the break, it’s disappointing,” she said.

“We need to try and eliminate the little mistakes that we’ve made in our play, we came out in the second half and just seemed to lose all the confidence that we had built up, credit to Wolves because they’re a great side that punished us here.

“We made it all too easy for them at times, they’ve shown why they are at the top of the league, but we helped them out a lot here, we need to get back to winning ways and get more points on the board very quickly to move on.”

The Belles are on the road again next weekend as they travel to Division One North side Chester-Le-Street Ladies in the second qualifying round of the Women’s FA Cup, and Shaw feels a shift in focus could be a good thing for her side.

“It’ll be a refreshing change for us next week just to have a little break away from the league with the trip to Chester-Le-Street, as a manager you enjoy looking forward to the potential of a cup run, especially in the FA Cup,” she added.

“It’s an opportunity for us now to go away and reflect once again on where we can do better and what we can do to change things, hopefully the girls can go into next weekend eager to put things right and get an important win.

“Of course we want to make sure that we get our league form up to scratch, but if the next game helps to give the players’ minds a bit of a break then maybe a switch in focus could be what the girls need.”

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