BELLES IN TELEVISED FINAL CLASH

THE best known women's football team in the country will be playing to a wider audience when they meet unbeaten Fulham in the Women's FA Cup Final at Selhurst Park on Bank Holiday Monday (1pm), writes Peter Catt.

THE best known women's football team in the country will be playing to a wider audience when they meet unbeaten Fulham in the Women's FA Cup Final at Selhurst Park on Bank Holiday Monday (1pm), writes Peter Catt.

Doncaster Belles' clash against the top rated London club will be televised live by BBC1 in a programme starting at 12.30pm which will feature the entire match.

FA officials are also expecting a gate of around 18,000 for the clash which is being turned into a showpiece to raise the profile of the women's game.

But although she accepts that the Belles have a wider part to play on this occasion manager Julie Chipchase's main aim is to bring the cup back to Doncaster.

The Belles who helped pave the way for women's football to receive wider acceptance with their exploits in the Eighties face a formidable task against the only full time women's team in the country.

Fulham's current standing in Southern Division of the National League tells its own story - they have won each of the 20 games they have played scoring 220 goals and conceding just six!

They have already won promotion to the Premier League where the Belles finished second behind champions Arsenal.

And Fulham demonstrated that the step up in class will hold no fears when they beat Arsenal in the League Cup Final earlier in the season.

Chipchase is under no illusions about the task facing the Belles.

She said: "Fulham are the favourites and it is going to be a very tough game.

"It's an unusual situation for us to go into a match as the underdogs and I am hoping it will work in our favour.

"The pressure will be on Fulham but they have some excellent international class players just as we do and it will all be down to who performs on the day.

"Hopefully it will prove to be a good advert for women's football and attract more spectators and sponsorship to the sport - but our main aim is to bring the trophy back to Doncaster."

* The Belles have received a boost with England striker Karen Walker having recovered from neck injury in time to play.