DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES: Katie Holtham’s efforts in vain as Belles beaten

Katie Holtham: Belles' star played half a game after flying in from Canada.               Picture: andrew roe
Katie Holtham: Belles' star played half a game after flying in from Canada. Picture: andrew roe
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DEPLETED Doncaster Rovers Belles suffered a second successive FA Women’s Super League (WSL) home defeat following the mid-season break.

Beaten 2-1 by Everton in midweek, Belles lost 1-0 against Chelsea at the Keepmoat Stadium at the weekend leaving them bottom of the WSL.

Whereas manager John Buckley had been happy with this injury-hit team’s battling performance against Everton, not so against the Blues.

“We lost 1-0 but it could easily have been two or three more,” he told The Star. “It was embarrassing at times in the first half; we couldn’t pass the ball to each other. It was only the fact that they missed some good chances that kept us in the game at half-time.

“The second half was a bit more even and we created three good chances during a 15-minute spell but we couldn’t convert any of them before they scored on 75 minutes,

Belles brought on skipper Katie Holtham at the break after she had arrived at the ground midway through the first half after flying in from Canada where she had been attending a family wedding.

“Katie did well, especially considering the fact that she had been travelling for over seven hours,” said Buckley.