Belles are well beaten by strong Bristol

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DONCASTER Rovers Belles’ boss John Buckley had no complaints after seeing Bristol Academy complete a WSL double over his charges with a 2-1 win at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday evening.

Buckley had been critical of both teams when the south-west club had claimed a scrappy 1-0 home win when the two teams sides clashed earlier in the season.

But he was more impressed by Bristol in the return in a match brought forward from yesterday.

“The best team won,” he admitted. “The best team by a country mile. They were just better than us.

“I said to the girls at half time that at 1-1 we were fortunate to be in it. I can only point to two, maybe three, players that I think have done relatively well.

“I’m slightly bamboozled and I said to them after the game that if that’s the quality of how you’re going to play then you will struggle.

“Our first three games back [after the mid-season break] we have actually played quite well but today, and I would rarely say this, it was just not good enough.

“I’ve got a lot of time for the players because I think they’re good players but they’ve not displayed that today.

“If I’m being honest they [Bristol] should probably have scored another couple of goals against us.”

There had been chances at both ends - Precious Hamilton forcing the Bristol keeper to make a fine save, before Grace McCatty had given Bristol the lead on 18 minutes with a cracking 25 yarder. Striker Jess Fishlock missed a good chance to double Bristol’s tally on 24 minutes prior to Belles’ Irish striker Aine O’Gorman, who scored the club’s equaliser in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool, levelling the scores on 32 minutes.

Bristol dominated the second half and Jemma Rose scored the winner with a tremendous strike from a free-kick.