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Butler praises attitude and professionalism in Belles win

18 October 2021

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Manager Andy Butler praised his Belles side’s professionalism and attitude after a scrappy 2-0 win over Wem Town Ladies in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands.

Nadia Khan opened the scoring just before half-time while Charlotte Dinsdale chipped in with her second goal in two games to seal three points midway through the second half.

Butler said: “It was a scrappy game. We never really controlled the it, but there are also matches where you have to dig in and grind results out.

“It’s another clean sheet and two goals and as long as the players stick together, we will grind results like that out.

“We had a number of players away, it’s a long journey, but ultimately we’ve got another three points towards where we want to go.”

After a fast start from Belles – in which they hit the woodwork – they allowed Wem Town back into the game with keeper Ellie Sharpe making a series of good saves.

Butler added: “I thought Ellie was excellent. She’s been excellent all season and since I’ve become manager to be honest. She’s a really good No.1. She works hard and has a great character. Her baking isn’t bad either!

“Our pressing wasn’t great, so we allowed them to turn balls in behind which caused us problems. We talked about that at half time, and I thought we did better in the second half.

“The girls have travelled nearly two and half hours which is a big ask for them. I go back to their preparation: it’s difficult when you’ve got a job as well but their application, and desire as players to represent themselves as players is brilliant.”

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