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Butler: We controlled the tempo well

15 December 2021

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Belles manager Andy Butler was delighted with the performance as his side made it three wins from three, defeating Solihull Moors 2-0 to extend their lead at the top.

A first half goal by Jess Price followed by a second half wonderstrike from Niamh Doody sealed the win while Belles defensive solidity stood strong against a side who like scoring goals.

Butler said: “Full credit goes to the players, they take the information on board, they train well and the togetherness is fantastic.

“The players play with such pride and emotion to represent the badge and I couldn’t be more pleased.

“It wasn’t our free flowing football, but we controlled the tempo really well and it’s another clean sheet and three points."

Price's opening goal came right on half time and Butler expressed the importance of securing a lead going into the break. 

He added: “The link up play up front was really good and the goal settled us down.

"Second half, we went out there and played through them a bit more and that's how we got that second goal. Overall it was pleasing to see."

Belles will be top of the tree at Christmas but will have to wait until Sunday to know what kind of gap they will have over second placed Lincoln City, who are close behind with games in hand, but Butler reflected on a steady first half of the campaign, and his plans for 2022.

“There is still room for improvement, it’s going to be tough and everyone will play their part," he explained.

“I’m looking forward to the second half of the season, it’s been a tough season so far but the players have been superb and its time to kick on and keep improving.”


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