Mailbag: Doncaster Belles must aim higher

In reply to Paul Goodwin’s recent piece regarding Doncaster Belles’ second season in the FA WSL (‘In tune Belles lay foundations’, DFP Oct 11), I agree with some of his comments but strongly disagree with a few.

The last third of the season was much improved with the players giving one hundred percent effort and playing with more self belief.

This was rewarded with some good results, but let’s not forget for two thirds of the season their results and performances were very poor.

I think Paul needs a reality check if finishing seventh is cause for celebration.

Taking Arsenal and Birmingham out of the equation, Belles should be looking to hold their own with the rest and secure a top four finish.

The performances of Leandra Little and goalkeeper Mary Earps were outstanding all season, with Aine O’Gorman ending the season with some eye-catching displays.

These three players are so important to build the side around.

The Belles need two quality strikers, something I have said for the last two years.

Jess Sigsworth and Millie Bright need to be used sparingly to gain more experience at this level. Their time will come.

The experienced Sue Smith should return next season, adding quality to the midfield, but another attacking midfielder and a top quality defender are badly needed.

The ‘poor relation’ card comes out every year but the Belles have proven, with the exception of Arsenal and Birmingham, they can compete with the rest.

I wish the Belles all the best for next season. A top four finish would be worthy of celebration.

E Brown, Rawmarsh