Doncaster Rovers Belles lose out on Blues game

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DONCASTER Rovers Belles have been forced to switch their final FA Women’s Super League (WSL) clash against high-flying Birmingham City Ladies on Sunday to the Blues’ ground.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 2pm. But the club, who are below the rugby league club in the pecking order, were forced to look for a new time or date after the Dons failed to book their place in next weekend’s Championship Grand Final at Warrington last Sunday but were given a second chance against Workington Town at the stadium this Sunday.

“The fact that we have have to switch the game because of the rugby is not an issue; we knew that could happen when we signed up to the stadium agreement,” said Belles’ boss John Buckley.

“We offered Birmingham a 6pm kick-off on Saturday, after the Rovers-Stevenage game, or Sunday night at 7.45pm, but they rejected both and we were then informed by the management committee that we would have to switch the game to their place on Saturday.

“Not only will we lose the income from a home game, as Birmingham will keep the gate receipts, but we’ll also have to pay out for a coach and also cover the costs of the match officials. But not only is the decision not fair on us, it is not fair on the two other teams battling it out for a place in next season’s Champions League.

“We have drawn with both clubs of late and we are on a good run of form. We know that Birmingham are a very strong side but we would have fancied our chances of getting something from the game had we been playing at home. We’ll give it our best shot down there but it will not be easy to pick up a result on a ground where we have already lost this season.

“We aren’t happy with the situation but we wont be moaning about it.”