Belles hope to impress on TV debut

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DONCASTER Rovers Belles are hoping to turn on the style in front of the ESPN cameras in tonight’s FA Women’s Super League clash against Everton Ladies at the Keepmoat Stadium.

It is the first time that Belles have ever played a league game in front of the cameras and they are hoping for a bumper crowd with admission being free.

“It’s a massive game for the club but once the action gets underway I’m hoping that the girls will settle down and just play their normal game,” said Belles’ boss John Buckley. “We’ll certainly be looking to pick up something from the game.”

Belles will go into the game on the back of a 3-0 home defeat by fancied Arsenal on Saturday, but Buckley says spirits remain high.

“Although we got beat there were a lot of positives to come out of the game,” he said. “The biggest difference between the two teams was the quality of the finishing.

“We are looking to bring in another striker during the forthcoming window.”

A failure to convert chances has cost Everton, one of the top three title favourites at the start of the season, and they are currently joint bottom along with Liverpool Ladies.

“They are still a very good side and they have two excellent players in midfielder Jill Scott and striker Tash Dowie - Iain Dowie’s daughter,” said Buckley.

The two teams drew 1-1 at Everton at the start of the season.