Doncaster Belles: ‘No excuses’ for defeats

of Bristol Academy FC of Doncaster Belles Ladies FC during the The FA WSL match between Bristol Academy Women's FC and Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies FC at Stoke Gifford Stadium on May 9, 2013 in Bristol, England. Photo: Michael Steele, The FA
of Bristol Academy FC of Doncaster Belles Ladies FC during the The FA WSL match between Bristol Academy Women's FC and Doncaster Rovers Belles Ladies FC at Stoke Gifford Stadium on May 9, 2013 in Bristol, England. Photo: Michael Steele, The FA
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Doncaster Rovers Belles boss John Buckley had some stern words for his side after they recorded their fourth defeat in five.

Belles remain rooted to the bottom of the Women’s Super League after Bristol Academy Women ran out 3-1 winners in the midweek encounter.

Goals from Natasha Harding, Lucy Staniforth and Nikki Watts compounded further misery on Belles with their response coming from a Jemma Rose own goal after a superb cross from Lyndsey Cunningham.

However, despite a promising second half, Buckley was far from happy with his side’s performance.

“We didnt start well and were really poor, but picked it up in the second half and created decent chances.

“But we need to be putting those chances away and I have told the players that.

“At 2-1 I thought we could go on and win it but a mistake cost us and we were 3-1 down.

“Travelling to Bristol for three hours is hard but they have to do the same for us so there’s just no excuse at all.

“I think the players will know themselves when they haven’t played well. I thought Millie Bright worked her socks off, Beth England and Nic Emery, who came on, put in good displays too.

“We haven’t played too badly, but I will tell the team when I think they haven’t put 100 per cent in. It’s disappointing when they know they can play better.”

Belles, whose Wednesday league game against Liverpool was cancelled by the FA to protect the pitch in time for the FA Cup final on May 26, know a good win against Everton in Saturday’s Continental Cup clash could see them into the semi-finals.

Supporters who bring a bell can get into the ground for free for the game which kicks-off at 6pm at the Keepmoat Stadium.

See this week’s Free Press for more reaction on the Belles ‘relegation’ and their appeal to the FA.