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Shaw wants Belles to kick on

2 September 2019

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Belles head coach Zoey Shaw says she will still be looking to get more out of her squad after they picked up their first win of the season on Sunday.

The Belles’ first three points of the season came courtesy of Abby Watkinson’s 73rd-minute strike in a 1-0 away at Solihull Moors, and Shaw is keen to see her side kick on from there.

“It’s good to get off the mark and get three points on the board, we felt we could’ve made it a lot more comfortable though, we had so many final third entries and a lot of shots on goal but we just couldn’t find that quality at times,” she said.

“We worked well down the right-hand side all game and credit to Abby she took her goal well, she didn’t panic when the ball came to her, she lifted the ball over the keeper and that’s a great way of showing how to stay composed in those areas.

“Solihull can take a lot of credit from that though, they worked us really hard, they were a physically strong side and they worked it well on a big pitch, we rode the waves a lot better than they did though and that saw us over the line.”

The Belles now face another away trip on Wednesday when they travel to Long Eaton United who have won their first two league games, but Shaw believes this won’t faze her team who will be looking to build momentum going forward.

“Psychologically for the girls this will be good for them, they’ve put in a lot of hard work in training and obviously now they have a quick turn-around before Wednesday’s game, it’s good to get that feel-good factor in after two defeats as well,” she added.

“We have a lot of strength in-depth so we can afford to rotate if we need to, we’ll have fresh legs ready to go when needed, Long Eaton have been around for a while, they’re a well-known team and they’re strong, we need everyone to be ready and they will be.

“They play some very good football so it’ll be a good test for us there, we’ll go there looking to pick up points and start a good run of results, we then have another big game next Sunday as well so we’ll be looking to finish the week on a high.”

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