Belles set for kick off in new Super League

John Buckley
John Buckley
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DONCASTER Rovers Belles will be looking to get their their inaugural FA Women’s Super League campaign off to a winning start against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank tonight (7.45pm).

“It has been a long time coming and we are all excited about it,” said Belles’ boss John Buckley after last night’s training session.

“Pre-season has gone well. We’ve been together for over two months and we certainly feel that we can go there and put up a good performance.

“We know it is going to be tough. They are a full-time club and they’ve got a bigger budget than we have.

“They signed three or four players that I wanted to bring here. In saying that we’ve brought in players who are equally as good.

“We are not a bad side but we’ve still got a couple of places to fill and maybe we could do with a couple of additions to balance out the squad.”

The Imps lack the once-mighty Belles’ pedigree, but are tipped to do well due to their financial backing.

“I think that we can go there and get a result and the girls are relatively confident,” said Buckley.

“We have to make sure first and foremost that we make them play the way that we want them to play.

“I think that they are a good passing team but we feel that, certainly in the middle of the park, that we are a bit more powerful than them. If we make them kick the ball we’ve got to make sure that we win the second ball.”

Belles, who visit Everton a week tonight, kick-off the eight-strong league with back-to-back away games.

“It doesn’t bother me being away,” said the long-serving Buckley. “We’ve all got to play the other teams away so it doesn’t matter to me when we play them.”