Watford Ladies manager John Salomon says his side will have to learn from their 2-0 Women’s Super League 2 defeat to Doncaster Rovers Belles after twice conceding goals from set pieces.
Millie Bright and Rhiannon Roberts scored first-half goals from set plays on Sunday to condemn the Hornets to defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Speaking to the club’s website, Salomon said: “Set pieces are always a frustrating one to concede from. If you concede a good goal from open play you can take that, set pieces are always a bit harder to swallow.
“We’ll have to go away and work on those now because we don’t want to allow it to happen again, learn the lessons from today and improve on those for future games.”
He added: “I thought we did better second half, we changed our shape and got a better reaction from the girls but unfortunately left ourselves too much of a mountain to climb and weren’t able to get back in the game.”
Doncaster began brightly and Chloe Gunn was on-hand to clear an effort off the line early on.
In the 18th minute Doncaster made the breakthrough when Bright sent a free-kick from the left of the penalty area beyond Lauren Davey and into the bottom corner.
Ten minutes before the break, the hosts doubled their lead from another set piece.
Sue Smith swung in a corner and Roberts was on hand to crash a header past Davey and extend the Belles’ advantage.
Watford’s response was positive, Kate Natkiel cutting inside and shooting over soon after.
Chances were at a premium after the restart but Davey was at her best to deny Doncaster a third just after the hour mark.
Smith carried the ball from the halfway line before trying her luck from 25 yards only to be denied by Davey at full-stretch.
The Hornets goalkeeper was in inspired form throughout, denying Jess Sigsworth ten minutes later.
Openings proved hard to come by as the clock ticked down and the Hornets were unable to find a way back into the game.