Preview: Doncaster Rovers Belles v Yeovil Town

Doncaster Belles goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Doncaster Belles goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs has fired a warning shot to their next opponents Yeovil Town - telling Sunday’s rivals that the Belles are getting better by the week.

Doncaster notched their 12th victory of the FAWSL2 campaign so far, and it was an all-important 2-0 success against Durham Women which keeps the Belles breathing down the necks of leaders Sunderland.

The Lady Black Cats remain five points ahead at the top of the table with their final game coming on October 26 at Millwall Lionesses.

However, the Belles have two games left to play - the first being Yeovil Town on Sunday before finishing at London Bees on October 26.

Doncaster goalkeeper Hobbs remains optimistic about their promotion aim.

“Anything can happen, it’s football. Hopefully it will go our way,” said the shot-stopper who boasted her seventh clean sheet of the season during Saturday’s success over Durham.

“We’ve had win followed by a win and now a clean sheet. We’re getting better and better, so bring on Yeovil.”

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk clinched her eighth goal of the campaign for Belles with Rhiannon Roberts chipping in to see off Durham at the Keepmoat last weekend.

And Hobbs was under no illusion as to just how important that win was.

“Obviously we needed the win for, hopefully, promotion. We had a good, solid performance.”

She went on: “We weren’t as good as we were last week, but a win is a win. We got two goals and a clean sheet and I can’t ask for anything more.

“It’s so annoying conceding the odd goal like we have done this season.

“We’ve let ourselves down sometimes when we could have kept a clean sheet. We’ve started as we mean to go on for the next two games, now we’ve got to carry on.”

Manager Gordon Staniforth said he was ‘chuffed to bits’ following the victory over Durham.

And the former Plymouth Argyle striker paid tribute to his hotshot marksman Sweetman-Kirk who is bearing down on top-scorer Beth England’s tally of 12 goals this term.

“We keep telling Courtney what a revelation she’s been since she came to the club in the midseason break and she is still eyeing to be our top goal scorer,” he said.

And in terms of which way the title honours could swing, Staniforth was in no mood to concede defeat just yet with the only target being six points from their final two games.

“We’ve got a tough match against Yeovil and then London Bees away and who knows, anything can happen,” he said.

“We’ve really had a great season no matter what happens. It would be nice to finish it off with two more wins.”

A Leandra Little double clinched the spoils for Doncaster when they last faced Yeovil in May, as the Belles recorded a 2-1 triumph over their southern counterparts.

“We scored from two set pieces last time we played Yeovil, but we’re a better team now than when we played them earlier in the season,” Staniforth added.