Doncaster Belles aim to build on promising start

Doncaster Belles manager Glen Harris
Doncaster Belles manager Glen Harris

Glen Harris expects another tough game against Yeovil Town this weekend.

Belles host the Lady Glovers on Saturday (6.30pm) hoping to build on their opening day win over Durham Women and brave performance against FAWSL1 side Manchester City in the FA Women’s Cup.

And Harris hopes to see a continuation of the good things he saw against City when Doncaster return to the ‘bread and butter of the league’.

“We want more of these tough games,” said Harris, whose side saw off Durham 3-0 before going down 3-1 at City’s Academy Stadium.

“I said to the girls after the Manchester City game they should be proud of how they played.

“But now they’ve got to focus on the bread and butter of the league. It’s always been our main aim this season to get out of FAWSL2.

“We’ve got to make sure we turn our excellent worth ethic off the ball into good work ethic when we’ve got the ball.

“Hopefully we’ll get more of that when we play in FAWSL2.”

Leandra Little nodded Belles ahead against City on Sunday but the big spenders turned the game on its head.

“We were disappointed to lose it but we stretched them at times,” said Harris.

“For the first 20 minutes we probably got passed off the park a little bit, we didn’t have our shape right. When we got the shape right, we caused them problems.

“They’re a top side and are training full time so we knew it was going to be difficult.

“I can’t credit the girls enough for their work ethic though.”