Doncaster Belles: Manchester’s City slickers are in town

Doncaster Belles celebrate thrashing Reading 5-2. Picture: Darren Neagle
Doncaster Belles celebrate thrashing Reading 5-2. Picture: Darren Neagle

Gordon Staniforth stopped short of labelling tonight’s Continental Cup clash with Manchester City as a grudge match - but that’s exactly how the Belles are approaching it.

City replaced the Belles in this year’s top flight following a much-criticised FA application process.

Doncaster appear more than prepared for the visit of their mega rich opponents - having won three out of three to go top of FAWSL2.

And Staniforth says there is a real buzz in the camp ahead of this evening’s cup clash.

“Everybody wants to play in that game,” said Staniforth.

“It’s going to be quite hard picking an 11.

“Because it’s Manchester City, who play in WSL1 and have spent a few bob, it would be nice to give them a right good game.

“We fancy our chances every game,” he added.

“We prepare well, we’re well organised and work extremely hard so we fancy ourselves against anybody.”

Belles are likely to be without industrious forward Jess Sigsworth who netted a brace in the 5-2 thumping of Reading before suffering a calf strain.

Sigsworth’s double and further strikes from Sue Smith, Beth England and Millie Bright, which cancelled out Francesca Kirby’s Reading double, sent a clear message to the rest of the league as the Belles continued to enjoy life at the top of the table.

Staniforth added: “I thought we were fantastic. That was a complete performance.”

Belles host City at the Keepmoat tonight - kick-off is 7.45pm.

Doncaster then travel to Durham in their next Continental Cup group game on Sunday.