DONCASTER Rovers Belles are so short of players for tonight’s FA Women’s Super League (WSL) game against Everton at the Keepmoat Stadium (7.45) that Lucy Sowerby is having to cut short a holiday in France,
Sowerby will fly into the country today several days earlier than planned to help depleted Belles in their first game since the mid-season break,
The club’s hopes of signing former junior Emma Thompson, who has been starring for Boston Breakers, have been dashed by a failure to obtain a clearance. Skipper Katie Holtham misses the re-arranged game due to her brother’s wedding overseas.
Naomi Chadwick is leaving the area for personal reasons and won’t be available to play for the club and youngster Beth England returned from holiday with a broken toe.
Belles boss John Buckley has been forced to sign defender Sarah Saxon and winger Emily Heckler, who has played for the club previously, from lower league clubs.
“Neither of them will start but they’ll be on the bench,” said Buckley.
“It will be up to them to show me that they are good enough to warrant a place in the squad when everyone is a available.”
Belles are hoping the interest shown in the Team GB team which played in the Olympics will result in an above average attendances for tonight’s game and those against Chelsea on Saturday (2pm) and Arsenal (6pm) on Saturday week. But manager Buckley says they face a tough test against the Liverpool club tonight.
“Everton are a top side and Fara Williams is one of the best players in England,” hesaid.
The Doncaster boss also feels that his teenage strikers Millie Bright and Jess Sigsworth will provide Everton with problems.
“They gave the two England centre-backs more problems than did Brazil when they played against Lincoln City,” he said.