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Smith: Start showed intent

21 February 2020

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Kirsty Smith felt the Belles started how they meant to go on in Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over Long Eaton United.

The Belles made it three wins on the spin in the FAWNL Division One Midlands with the victory at Oxford Street, and captain Smith, who got the assist for the important third goal, felt they handled the tricky conditions well.

“I think we did really well from the get go, we went in with the mentality that we wanted to get the ball down and pass it about like we worked on in training and it’s starting to come together now,” she said.

“The conditions weren’t great but we dealt with it really well, we’ll have things against us with obstacles in the way, we handled things well, we kept our focus and did what we had to do to get three points.

“We’re working hard as the weeks go on, we’re putting into place what we want to get out of games, it’s fantastic for us and it gives us that confidence going forward once again and the goal is to maintain that.”

Wednesday’s win over Long Eaton saw the Belles maintain their 100% league record in 2020, and Smith says the effort Andy Butler and Nick Buxton have put into the group since their arrival last month is really starting to show.

“We’ve put in a lot of hard work since Andy and Nick have come in to the club, they’ve given us a new perspective on things and it’s given the team a really positive boost, and that’s firing out confidence amongst us,” she added.

“That’s starting to show in games now too, we’re more relaxed, we’re more confident on the ball, and everyone is really starting to play to their strengths, we have good players here and the management are doing a great job in bringing that out in everyone.”

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