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Butler hails never-say-die Belles

14 December 2020

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Andy Butler praised the never say die spirit of his side after they fought back to claim a point at Sporting Khalsa.

Nadia Khan’s late equaliser earned a point as the Belles had to really battle against well organised opponents and challenging conditions.

Butler said: “Ever since I’ve been here the girls have had a never say die attitude, and that is testament to the fitness levels and the standards they demand off each other. It’s another point on the board and overall a point was a fair result.

“The weather was a big factor in the game, whomever was attacking with the wind really had the impetus to go forward. We knew it would be an uphill struggle in the first half against the wind and rain, but we took the lead and they came back at us - the girls have had six weeks off, kept themselves in good condition and this is their first game back apart from training so I’m pleased with how they have come back even though we can definitely improve and get better again.”

The Belles took part in the annual Rainbow Laces campaign, with players and staff swopping out their regular laces for multi-coloured ones as part of the campaign for inclusivity in football.

Butler, who also wore rainbow laces while playing for Doncaster Rovers against Gillingham on Saturday, added: “It’s massive, and we know football is for everyone no matter what sexuality you are.

“Football is for everyone to enjoy no matter what and I’ll keep supporting it as will the Belles, Rovers and the whole of Club Doncaster. Hopefully we can help remove any stigma and celebrate our differences.”

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