Doncaster Rovers Belles eye victory over bottom side

Doncaster Rovers Belles will be expected to end the year on a winning note when they welcome FAWNL Division One Midlands bottom side Leafield Athletic to Rossington Main on Sunday.

By Paul Goodwin
Friday, 18th December 2020, 10:44 am
Belles manager Andy Buter
Belles manager Andy Buter

Second-placed Belles lost ground on unbeaten leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend when they needed a last-gasp equaliser to rescue a 3-3 draw at Sporting Khalsa.

Wolves have won six out of six and their resources mean they will take some stopping in the race for the one promotion slot.

Belles are keen to push them as much as possible and cannot avoid to slip up this weekend against a Leafield side that has lost their first six games.

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Andy Butler’s side would have fancied their chances going into the game at Khalsa but, in the end, had to be grateful for a point thanks to Nadia Khan’s late equaliser.

Khan scored twice and Kirsty Smith curled home a freekick in the Belles’ first game back following the latest lockdown.

“Ever since I’ve been here the girls have had a never-say-die attitude, and that is testament to the fitness levels and the standards they demand off each other,” said Butler.

“It’s another point on the board and overall a point was a fair result.

“We knew it would be an uphill struggle in the first half against the wind and rain, but we took the lead and they came back at us. The girls have had six weeks off, kept themselves in good condition and this is their first game back apart from training so I’m pleased with how they have come back even though we can definitely improve and get better again.”