England book Keepmoat date

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INTERNATIONAL football returns to Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday, November 23 with the England Women’s team taking on Serbia in an UEFA Euro 2013 qualifier.

The two sides met in Belgrade in September when a Vesna Smiljkovic equaliser deep into added time earned the Serbs what had, at times, appeared an unlikely 2-2 draw.

With Holland battling it out with England at the top of the group, defender Sophie Bradley recognises the importance of a win in the return at the Keepmoat.

She said: “We should have put the game to bed long before they scored their first. We felt comfortable at half-time; we were 2-0 up and all over them. Fair play to Serbia, though, they played well after the break and put us on the back foot for most of the second half.

“Hopefully it’ll be a different story at home. We’ll have our own fans behind us and we’ve learnt our lesson from the last game. We have to be more clinical and not allow Serbia into the game like we did before. But we know we’ve got it in us to win the game, and we have to really, if we are to stand a chance of topping the group.”

Bradley is no stranger to the Keepmoat Stadium having played there for Lincoln in the WSL in August, and she is nothing but complimentary about the surface and the facilities on offer.

“The pitch at Doncaster is lovely,” she said. “If you can’t play football on that, then you can’t play football on anything. It’s brilliant to be able to play the game at such a great stadium, with great facilities and a great pitch and hopefully that will give us an advantage because of the style of passing football we like to play.”

Not only is the 22-year-old keen to collect three points, but she hopes the game attracts a decent crowd.

“When I was at Leeds there were girls coming through all the time, at every age group, so there is definitely a love for women’s football in Yorkshire,” she said. “We’ve seen that with the Belles as well. Hopefully as many female players as possible can come to watch us at Doncaster.”

Tickets for the game are on sale ring 01302 762576.