Make ours a double: Belles set for derby clash with Lincoln

Belles' Millie Bright in action against Arsenal Ladies. Picture: Andrew Roe
Belles' Millie Bright in action against Arsenal Ladies. Picture: Andrew Roe

DONCASTER Rovers Belles hope to complete a double of a different kind against Lincoln Ladies tonight (7.45pm) and lift themselves off the bottom of the FA Women’s Super League.

Belles took part in an historic Doncaster double-header on Saturday when they took to the Keepmoat Stadium pitch just an hour after their male counterparts lost to Crawley Town.

The jury is out on the success of the idea - championed by Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin as part of a move towards a Doncaster Rovers ‘Sporting Club’ - after a sparse crowd of 372 stayed behind to watch the Belles lose 4-0 to Super League leaders Arsenal.

Tonight John Buckley’s side are focused on a very different double as they hope to beat Lincoln for the second time this season.

Belles’ 2-1 win at Sincil Bank in May is the only time they have avoided defeat in their eight FAWSL matches so far.

Victory this evening, however, could see Doncaster leapfrog Liverpool at the bottom of the table.

Belles were blown away by the Gunners on Saturday evening as the visitors provided a masterclass in passing and finishing.

Arsenal were out of sight by half time after a brace by Jordan Nobbs and a smart finish from Katie Chapman.

Belles stemmed the tide after the break, and went close through Millie Bright, but Kim Little rounded off a fine move to seal a comfortable 4-0 victory.

There is no relegation from the FAWSL this season - although it looks set to be introduced for the 2013 campaign.