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Boss says Khan hat-trick is reward for hard work

26 October 2020

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Andy Butler says Nadia Khan’s match-winning hat-trick at Leafield Athletic was reward for the hard work she has put in on the training pitch.

The forward has been working with Butler and his assistant Nick Buxton to increase her goal threat and she is now the Belles’ top scorer with six strikes to her name.

He said: “Nadia did really well. She gets into really good positions, and she's worked really hard in training with Nick and myself to make sure she’s consistently hitting the target.

“I’m really pleased for her. And Kirsty got a good goal from the free-kick - we do a lot of work on opposition strengths and weaknesses and she recognised the keeper struggled with low shots so whipped the ball right into that area and deserved that.”

The match was played in challenging conditions in the Midlands, with heavy rain not letting up until the second period. Butler felt both sides deserved credit for their approach to the game.

He added: “It was an interesting match on an heavy pitch, but both teams tried to play football the right way. We came away a 4-0 win so good day all round

“We coped really well, trying to play football and the way they were disciplined in their shape and everything we worked on in the week was put into action on the pitch. I'm really pleased with how they approached and managed the game, and got the result they deserved.”

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