WSL: Lee Sanders says Durham Ladies goals will come

By Jo CurrieBBC Sport
Lee Sanders
Lee Sanders' Durham Ladies are eighth in Women's Super League Two

Durham Ladies manager Lee Sanders is confident his side will find the goals they have lacked during their recent poor run in Women's Super League Two.

Thursday's 2-0 home defeat by Doncaster Rovers Belles means the Wildcats have scored just one goal in their last four matches.

"We're creating chances and that's the most important thing," Sanders told BBC Sport. "The goals will come back."

Durham netted nine goals from their opening four matches of the season.

But they have struggled to keep that ratio up as they head towards the international break and Sanders admits it is a concern.

"It is a bit," he said. "We started off really well, we were scoring goals. We're having a bit of a yo-yo season."

Belles back on top
Goals from Emily Roberts and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk were enough for Doncaster to complete a league double over Durham and move back above Reading to the top of WSL 2.

The lack of goals has coincided with top scorer Amelia Pereira being sidelined with a ankle injury.

But Sanders says that cannot be used as an excuse, adding: "She gives us something different, she's exciting to watch, she runs at players and she finishes well, but I wouldn't attribute what's happened in the last few weeks with her not being available.

"There are other players in the team who are a goal threat so I can't put my finger on it at the moment. But they'll come - I'm confident they'll come."

Sanders plans to dip into the transfer market when the mid-season window opens as he tries to remedy the problem.

"We will be bringing one or two players in, that's already been agreed and sorted out," he said. "I'm a little bit disappointed because we started the season so well and then we've had a bit of a dip over the last three or four games.

"But we didn't have any points at this stage last year and we've got seven now, so we're seven points better off than we were a year ago."

Eighth-placed Durham host Reading on 31 May in their final match before WSL 2 stops for the six-week international break.

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