Gordon Staniforth is relishing the prospect of showing what the Belles can do against top tier opposition as the side prepares for cup action against Everton.
A return to league action saw Doncaster unable to breakdown a dogged Millwall outfit at the weekend - leading to the Belles dropping their first points of the season.
The unbeaten FAWSL2 outfit now have the chance to prove they can cut it against top flight opposition when they face Everton on Sunday in the Continental Cup.
Six days later they take on another Merseyside outfit in league champions Liverpool.
“It will be a great test for the girls and one which they are not afraid of. They’ve been there before and are eager to prove what they can do,” said Staniforth.
“Everton will pose a very different game to Millwall.
“With Millwall they were very dogged and proved difficult to breakdown in defence.
“However, Everton will play more open, flowing football which we’re prepared for.
“It’s a great opportunity to continue our strong cup fortunes and to also show that we’re more than capable of lining up against top tier opposition.
“Both Everton and Liverpool are not picking up the points they may have liked at the moment either, so it’s a perfect opportunity to play them.”
Despite seeing Sunderland leap-frog them to the top of the FAWSL2 table following the Lady Black Cats’ 2-0 win over Yeovil on Sunday, Staniforth has urged his team to stay calm.
“We’re still unbeaten, we’ve got to remember that,” he said.
“We’re all incredibly disappointed to have dropped points against Millwall, the girls felt like it was a defeat.
“But that will only do us good in the long run because they don’t want to feel like that again.
“I always said during this stage of the season that teams would drop points.
“We’re not looking at Sunderland, we’re taking care of ourselves.”
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