SLIDESHOW: Winning reaction against Watford pleases Belles boss Staniforth

Manager Gordon Staniforth was delighted with how his Doncaster Rovers Belles side responded in the league following a midweek cup defeat.

The Belles suffered a 2-0 loss on home soil to Sunderland in the Continental Cup last Thursday, ending a five-game winning league and cup run for Doncaster.

Millie Bright has an early shot at goal.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Millie Bright has an early shot at goal. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

However, the side bounced back with a 2-0 victory in the FAWSL2 as they dispatched Watford on a blazing hot Sunday at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Goals from Millie Bright and Rhiannon Roberts saw Doncaster maintain their stance at the top of the league and keep their 100 per cent record intact with a fourth win from four in the women’s second tier.

A delighted Staniforth said: “We made hard work of it on a hot, sunny day and we’ve only just played on Thursday so it was a great response and what we needed.”

“It was quite easy to motivate the girls after Thursday’s defeat, they know when they’ve played below par.

Millie Bright (number 10) is congratulated by team mates after scoring direct from a free kick.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Millie Bright (number 10) is congratulated by team mates after scoring direct from a free kick. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

“We set our standards this season against some of the big teams but they’ve responded very well.

“I thought the first half was excellent [against Watford]. I think the sun got a bit too much in the second half.”

The Belles have the chance to go into their month-long summer break firmly rooted to the top of the FAWSL2 if they can get a result at Yeovil on Sunday.

“It would be fantastic if we’re in this same position after the Yeovil game,” added Staniforth.

“We’re stopping overnight at Yeovil so that will give us a chance to re-group and see what the injury situation is like, but we are very confident.”

Beth England (back) is the current injury concern for Belles.

The midfielder was benched during Doncaster’s weekend win over Watford and watched on as her team-mate Bright fired the Belles in front with an 18th minute free-kick which Lauren Davey failed to keep a hold of.

The hosts carved out several chances for themselves as Reanne Thomas, Jess Sigsworth and Bright all went close before the half hour mark.

Powerhouse midfielder Bright then nearly had her brace but saw a header cannon back off Davey’s near-post from Lyndsey Cunningham’s cross.

Doncaster’s second came courtesy of centre-back Roberts who guided a 35th minute header home from a Sue Smith in-swinging corner.

Watford’s tricky midfielder Kate Natkiel later blasted over in a rare chance for the visitors.

The Belles responded through efforts from Roberts, Smith, Bright, Hope Knight and Tori Williams without an end product as the hosts ran out comfortable winners.