Belles up for Cup

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Doncaster Rovers Belles hope to give Chelsea the Blues when they launch their summer of football this weekend.

The two Super League sides lock horns in the fifth round of the FA Cup in London on Sunday (2pm).

John Buckley’s side concluded their pre-season preparations with a 5-1 win over an English Colleges Select XI last week.

Goals from Sarah Owen (2), Precious Hamilton and Becky Hall, as well as an own goal, ensured that the Belles go into the new campaign on a winning note.

Doncaster also defeated Blackburn 4-0 but lost to Scottish champions Glasgow City in a mixed warm-up to the club’s biggest ever season.

Several new signings, including new captain Katie Holtham and Swedish star Maria Karlsson, will make their competitive Belles debut at Chelsea.

Doncaster travel to big spending Lincoln Ladies on the launch night of the new Women’s Super League next month.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol also feature in the eight team summer league.