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Clean sheet pleases Butler

14 October 2020

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Andy Butler was delighted to see his side record a second successive clean sheet in Sunday's 3-0 victory over Long Eaton United.

Butler, a centre-back himself, felt the back four performed particularly well given he was forced into changes in both full-back positions to cover unavailable players.

He said: "It's pleasing to see two clean sheets on the bounce. Lily Wishart came in for her first game of the season and was excellent while Jess filled in at right-back and was incredible. I think Jess could do a good job anywhere on the pitch.

"The back four along with the goalkeeper managed the game well, spoke well and were organised. It's pleasing for me as a manager and centre-half myself to get a clean sheet.

"Fiona Berry and Charlotte Dinsdale at the back are two good organisers and bring calmness, and in front of them Kirsty Smith and Sophie Scargill do some mileage. Even Lily Harrison up front ran so much, often unselfish running to make space for everyone else."

The Belles were well backed by a crowd of 276 at Oxford Street, an increase from the 203 at the previous home fixture

Butler added: "It's fantastic and hopefully we are putting on what the fans want to see - a team that wants to play football and enjoy it, but also do the basics right. Thank you from every player and member of staff.

"I told the players there were more fans here today and they responded to it, the more fans we can bring in will help the players as it pushes them on."

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