Belles’ duo face late fitness tests

Fitness test: Precious Hamilton
Fitness test: Precious Hamilton
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DONCASTER Rovers Belles are sweating on the fitness of in-form striker Precious Hamilton ahead of Sunday’s Women’s Super League clash at Bristol Academy.

Hamilton has been carrying a groin problem, which flares up from time-to-time, for several weeks.

“We decided to give her the week off to see if it will help,” said Belles’ boss John Buckley.

“She’ll have a late test prior to Sunday.”

Hamilton is not the only injury worry for Buckley, who pulled a calf muscle in training on Tuesday, ahead of the game against the WFA Cup finalists.

Skipper Katie Holtham (thigh) is a doubt and will also face a late fitness test. Naomi Chadwick is definitely out of the game after suffering a hairline fracture of an ankle in training on the same night.

Sunday’s game will prove a test of character for the Belles, beaten for the first time this season in the WSL, after picking up four points from their opening two games.

“It is not going to be easy to bounce back from the 4-1 defeat against Chelsea at the Keepmoat last Sunday, especially as we can’t afford to stay overnight,” said Buckley.

“Getting up early and then spending four hours on a coach is not the ideal situation ahead of a match at this level.

“But we can’t match most of the other teams financially because we don’t have a sponsor. Bristol have got sponsorship with over £120,000.

“They train virtually every day, whereas we train just twice.”