Doncaster Belles: ‘Look up to first team’, says Milligan

Belles' Millie Bright, pictured in action for the first team, was on target for the Reserves. Picture: Andrew Roe
Belles' Millie Bright, pictured in action for the first team, was on target for the Reserves. Picture: Andrew Roe

Coach Duncan Milligan has encouraged the younger Doncaster Rovers Belles players to learn from the club’s first team contingent following their recent defeat.

Belles’ Development squad gave a good account of themselves against Manchester City LFC Reserves in the FAWSL Development League, but were guilty of gifting the Blues their goals in their 3-1 win.

First team players Jess Sigsworth, Lauren Cresswell and Millie Bright were all drafted in for the game - with the latter scoring Belles’ goal after good play from striker Sigsworth.

However, City strikes from Cara Fields, Natasha Flint and Alice Hey condemned the Belles reserves to their third defeat from three.

Next up is Aston Villa - a side level on points with leaders City - at Balby Academy of Sport on Sunday (2pm).

“Some of the younger girls have got to look up to the likes of Jess (Sigsworth) and Millie Bright and Lauren Cresswell who are here to help them,” said Milligan.

“It might not be those three next week (in the starting line-up) but the first team girls will come in and bring them on and hope for three points.

“As long as we get the performance (against Villa), that is the main thing.”