Doncaster Rovers Belles v Watford Ladies: Neil Redfearn warns Belles against complacency

Neil Redfearn
Neil Redfearn

Doncaster Rovers Belles boss Neil Redfearn has warned his team not to take anything for granted against bottom side Watford Ladies.

FAWSL2 leaders Belles hope to strengthen their grip on top spot by completing a double against the Lady Hornets on Saturday.

But Redfearn, who has led the club to five league wins out of five since taking charge in December, has told his players not to get complacent.

Belles won the reverse fixture 2-0 in early January.

“My first game in charge was at Watford and it was a tough game and they did well,” said Redfearn.

“I know they have had a lot of upheaval and people have left but they’ll still turn a side out, so we’ve got to make sure we’ll be ready.

“If you can keep it tight, keep clean sheets, and we have an identity and a way of playing, which we have, then that’s what championships are won on,” he added.

“We’re not just relying on one source to score – we’ve got two or three people that can score and we’ve got a good foundation.”

Belles maintained their lead at the top of the table with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Goals from Kirsty Hanson, Rebecca Rayner and Jess Sigsworth saw off Spurs.

Redfearn said: “The goals were out of the top drawer. It was a really pleasing performance.

“The first half was tough.

“Spurs came and played well and they made it difficult for us but I said to the girls at half time: ‘we’re top of the league. People are going to come and set their stall out and make it hard for you.’

“The thing that really pleased me was that they didn’t panic and I thought, second half, we were outstanding.

“I thought Rhiannon Roberts was the best player on the pitch.

“To go from centre back to playing midfield like that; she’s never played there before.

“We just needed a bit of assurance in midfield to let the other two play, and I thought she was outstanding, first in the 4-3-3 and then when we moved to 4-2-3-1.”

Belles had a three-point lead over Millwall Lionesses following the weekend.

Millwall were in action at Tottenham last night.