Belles target top half finish

Doncaster Belles are put through a military training session. Picture: Andrew Roe

Doncaster Belles are put through a military training session. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Doncaster Rovers Belles are aiming for a top half finish in the inaugural Women’s Super League, writes Paul Goodwin.

But boss John Buckley says his squad need to be model professionals if they are to achieve their objective.

Katie Holtham shows off Doncaster Belles new shirt. Picture: Andrew Roe

Katie Holtham shows off Doncaster Belles new shirt. Picture: Andrew Roe

The Belles launch their WSL campaign at Lincoln Ladies next month.

Buckley said: “If we were to finish in the top four that would be unbelievable for us.

“The majority of teams have greater resources than ourselves but it’s something we can definitely aim for - if we make sure we approach everything in the right manner.

“The girls that have joined us from overseas - Maria Karlsson, Kylla Sjoman and Aine O’Gorman - have brought with them a really professional approach to training and in terms of attitude.

“And that’s something we need to tap into as a club if we want to do well this season.

“It’s all about having a professional mindset towards everything that we do.”

Arsenal will start the season as overwhelming favourites to lift the first ever WSL title.

But Buckley thinks there won’t be a great deal of difference between the other sides in the division - Everton, Chelsea, Birmingham, Bristol, Lincoln, Liverpool and Doncaster.

“I expect Arsenal to win it,” he said.

“And Birmingham will probably finish second and Everton third. But after those three I don’t think there’s a lot between the teams.

“Arsenal aren’t untouchable and I think other teams are creeping closer to them - but I still expect them to be champions.

“Our girls are going into the new season full of confidence,” he added.

“They feel as if they can do well in this division so it’ll be an interesting summer.

“If we can go to Liverpool this weekend and get a good result that’ll give us another massive lift looking ahead to the Lincoln game.”

Belles travel to Lincoln on WSL launch night - Thursday, April 14.

They face Liverpool on Sunday in the quarter-final of the FA Cup.

n The Belles officially launched their brand new strip at their Open Day at the Keepmoat on Sunday.

Irish firm O’Neill’s have made the kit which encorporates the club’s traditional red and white hoops.

n Back the Belles at the club’s pre-season dinner at Castle Park on Thursday, March 31 (7pm).

The guest speaker is Steve Daley, who became the most expensive player in Britain when he joined Manchester City in 1979.

For more information go to www.doncasterroversbelles.co.uk.