Belles ‘stole win’ against Yeovil, admits Harris

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk breaks the deadlock for Belles. Photo: Julian Barker.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk breaks the deadlock for Belles. Photo: Julian Barker.

Belles head coach Glen Harris admitted his side were lucky to escape with the points after Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s late goal secured a 2-1 victory over plucky Yeovil in FAWSL2.

The Belles striker gave her side the lead against the run of play after 40 minutes when Helen Bleazard misplaced a back-pass, but the Town winger redeemed herself immediately by delivering the cross for Paige Stewart to level on the stroke of half time.

Both teams threatened to steal the win in a tense second half, and it was Sweetman-Kirk who delivered the goods, firing past Charlotte Haynes from 20 yards with five minutes remaining.

Despite Saturday’s victory, which preserved Doncaster’s 100 per cent start to the campaign, Harris acknowledged the strength of Yeovil’s performance.

“We stole the win, and we know we can play better to be honest,” he said.

“They came with a gameplan to hustle and bustle and had the better of the first half. We got one goal probably against the run of play, and credit to them they got back into it. But the girls gathered themselves after the break and created good chances.

“In the end, we probably created more opportunities than them, and Courtney showed why she is our centre forward with her two strikes.

“I said we wanted to be up in the top three after the first four or five games, so I’ve got to be happy with two home wins so far.”

Yeovil boss Jamie Sherwood said: “We can take consolation from our level of performance, but when a player sticks the ball in the top corner at the end you have to take your hats off to her.”

Belles travel to Aston Villa on Sunday (2pm).