Doncaster Belles lose top spot after first home league defeat since September 2013

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Doncaster Rovers Belles manager Glen Harris admitted he was shell-shocked by his team’s first league defeat of the season as Reading ran out convincing 3-0 winners at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Belles, unbeaten at home in league matches since September 2013, were blown away by second-half goals from Lauren Bruton 2, and Bianca Bragg to slip to second in the league table behind the Royals.

“I didn’t see it coming’,” said Harris. “I don’t think we ever recovered from the second goal. We never really got back into the game and then the third one killed us.”

“I thought Yeovil were the best team we’d played but credit to Reading, they got in our faces, they actually got under the skin of a couple of our players, which isn’t usually our issue.

“Both Yeovil and Reading have actually outmuscled us in the battle and we’ve got to learn to actually match that and win our battles.

“We’ve just said to the girls that we’ve not been in this position before this season, so as a group we’ve got to look at the character and how we bounce back.”

Two-goal hero Bruton, meanwhile, believes Reading’s display re-emphasised they are a force to be reckoned with in FAWSL2.

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