Fun Day has a serious side for Doncaster Rovers Belles

Belles' Alyssa Lagonia in action against Chelsea. Picture: Andrew Roe
Belles' Alyssa Lagonia in action against Chelsea. Picture: Andrew Roe

JOHN Buckley has stressed that Saturday’s Family Fun Day at the Keepmoat Stadium also has a serious side.

Magicians, pantomime characters and bouncy castles will provide a carnival atmosphere in the build up to the Belles’ first home game of the FA Women’s Super League season against Liverpool (2pm).

But a confident Buckley says his team must focus on the main event as they look to put clear distance between themselves and FAWSL bottom side Liverpool.

He said: “It’s a big day for the club but it’s also a very big game.

“Liverpool are down there with us and they will see this as an opportunity to get off the bottom of the table.

“But we’ve watched them a few times and we’re confident we have enough to beat them.

“A lot of people are expected to come down on Saturday and there’ll be plenty going on for the kids and their families,” he added.

“It’s a great opportunity for the girls to show the people of Doncaster what they can do on the pitch.”

Despite the season kicking off in March, Saturday’s match will be Doncaster’s first home game of the season in the FAWSL after the visits of Arsenal and Everton had to be postponed.

“It’s been a stop start opening to the season but there’s not a lot we can do about that,” said Buckley.

“We’ve got a run of home fixtures coming up in the second part of the season and that gives us a great opportunity to get some more points on the board.”

Skipper Katie Holtham added: “The league is important to us now.

“We’ve got a huge game against Liverpool and we need to be prepared for it.

“It’s a bit of a nightmare for us really. It’s stop-start, we’re playing week on, week off, and it’s difficult.”

Buckley is sweating on the fitness of Canadian midfielder Alyssa Lagonia (back) but has no other injury concerns ahead of this weekend.

Tickets for Saturday’s match are priced £6 for adults and £4 for children.

The day’s entertainment, which gets underway at around midday, also includes the Doncaster Business Cup.

Team Plant will be taking on Team Rogers (5.15pm) to raise money for their chosen Doncaster charity, Aurora, as well as other local charities and junior football clubs.