To quote a fan posting on one of the Rovers messageboards of Wednesday morning; “Ten f***ing days without a Rovers match!” Well, you’ve made it through three of them, but Saturday can often be the longest day of all – as anyone who went to the Oldham home game can attest – so what to do? Of course we could just relax enjoy the relief that courses through your veins with the realisation that you will not have to endure a Rovers’ home performance. But, Saturday is for the match, and so to the match we must go. Here, as ever, we bring you your local options.
FA Women’s Super League 2
Doncaster Rovers Belles vs Durham Women
Whilst Rovers stumble about in mid-table like a man looking for a light-switch in a dark unfamiliar garage strewn with carelessly laid rakes, another Doncaster team is in the hunt for silverware. Doncaster Rovers Belles have dragged themselves back into the FA Women’s Super League 2 title-race, by way of a brilliant 2-1 victory away at Sunderland last Saturday night. Trailing one nil to a home side yet to be beaten this season, the Belles dug in and stunned the 1,000 strong crowd at Hetton to hit back and ultimately win it through Tori Williams gloriously curled goal.
The Belles have three games remaining, and should Sunderland slip up once more and the Belles keep up their winning run, then they could yet snatch the title from the Lady Black Cats’ grasp. First up for the Belles is the visit of Durham this Saturday evening, and a chance for revenge for the goalless draw between the sides that derailed the Belles title push back in August. With Doncaster having averaged over four goals a game at home this season, a repeat of that scoreline looks unlikely, so get yourself down the Keepmoat and get behind the Belles title push.
Kick-Off: 6:30pm | Keepmoat Stadium, Stadium Way, DN4 5JW
Admission: Adults £6 | Concessions £3
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FA Cup, 3rd Qualifying Round
OK, so this is a little further afield than we normally venture with these previews, and not on the doorstep of many except for those on Lincolnshire’s western fringes. But, the lure of the FA Cup is always strong, and with Frickley and Armthorpe having already bowed out, it is to Gainsborough we must go for our third qualifying round fix. Conference North side Trinity, who include the familiar figure of Jan Budtz in goal, defeated Farsley AFC in the previous round and now host Marine. The Liverpool side are struggling at the foot of the Northern Premier League, but reached this round by way of a nine-goal thriller; defeating Hyde 5-4.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | The Northolme, North Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2QW
Central Midlands League, North Division
With Brodsworth away at Phoenix, and neither Thorne nor Bentley in league action, all eyes in the the Central Midlands League North Division turn to The Welfare in Bircotes, where two Doncastrian sides meet. After chasing promotion for much of last season Harworth Colliery Institute have had a poor start to the current campaign, sitting 16th of the division’s nineteen side. Visitors Askern have been faring better, above mid-table they come into this game off the back of three successive wins.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | The Welfare, Scrooby Road, Bircotes, DN11 8JT