Doncaster Belles: Little has lot of pride in Belles captaincy

Doncaster Free Press reporter Hayley Paterson trains with the Doncaster Belles, Hayley pictured centre
Doncaster Free Press reporter Hayley Paterson trains with the Doncaster Belles, Hayley pictured centre
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Captain Leandra Little says she will be proud to lead out Doncaster Rovers Belles in their FA Women’s Super League opener with Chelsea.

The 5ft 11in centre back has taken over the armband from Katie Holtham who will be making a return to the Keepmoat Stadium alongside former Belles assistant boss Paul Green when Chelsea visit tonight (6.30pm).

And Little is relishing the opportunity of helping to kick-off the Belles’ 2013 campaign with a good result.

“We can’t wait to get the season underway, it’s been a long time coming but we’re ready and focused on the task in hand and that means getting a result against Chelsea.

“We’re looking forward to seeing Katie (Holtham) and Paul (Green) again, I’m sure it will be an emotional return for them both.

“There’s no ill feeling, they left on good terms and we respect their decisions.

“I was honoured to take over the captaincy from Katie, I’m so proud to wear the armband for the Belles.

“Saturday for us means getting a good result against Chelsea. They’ve made some big signings but we’ve got a great team spirit here and we know what we have to do.”

Manager John Buckley is sweating on the availability of star forward Sue Smith who, after missing last season with a knee injury, is struggling with a calf strain.