LOCAL girl Jessica Sigsworth’s first strike in the Super League earned Belles a point and strecthed their unbeaten run to three games.
With the Belles side looking extremely thin John Buckley remains frustrated as his attempts to bring in new players have been thwarted.
Nevertheless, he was pleased with the way his squad of just 12 competed in their 1-1 draw with Bristol Academy at the Keepmoat and equally pleased that Auckley’s Sigsworth, a prolific scorer at youth level, has got off the mark after she spurned an earlier similar chance.
“I was delighted for Jess, she deserves it,” said Buckley.
“She didn’t play as well as she has done in recent weeks but I think it speaks volumes about her that she missed the first chance and then she took the second chance they way she did.”
Millie Bright found Sigsworth midway through the second half with a well-placed ball and Sigsworth finished coolly past Siobhan Chamberlain for the opener.
Bristol earned themselves a point with a rapid response. A routine ball into the box wasn’t dealt with properly and Spanish international Laura Del Rio snuck in for the equaliser.
Both sides had chances to grab a winner when Del Rio hit a post and Belles were denied a late penalty after a late scramble in the box.
“I thought (a point) was relatively fair,” continued Buckley.
“We’ve only got 12players and a lot of it isn’t our fault. We’re just looking for a little bit of leeway to be able to bring in another couple of bodies in but we’ve not been able to do that which is disappointing.
“We had chances throughout the game. They maybe had three or four towards the last 10, 15 minutes but I chance wise it was very close.”
Buckley was pleased with the individual performances of Aine O’Gorman and Tanya Oxtoby.
“Aine was devastating in the first half and flying all over the place. The stand out player was Tanya Oxtoby at centre-back and she’s been excellent for us over the last three of four games.”
It’s now two weeks until the next game against Birmingham City Ladies at the Keepmoat and Buckley hopes to get a practice game in before then.