Everton Ladies v Doncaster Rovers Belles
Brooke Chaplen insists Everton Ladies are targeting maximum points from their Women’s Super League home double-header against Doncaster Rovers Belles and Liverpool.
Andy Spence’s side play two home matches in the space of five days, entertaining the south Yorkshire outfit this Thursday before welcoming their Merseyside rivals to Marine next Tuesday.
Everton beat Doncaster 3-1 less than two weeks ago to reach the Continental Cup semi-finals.
However, a repeat victory against the league’s basement side is by no means a certainty, according to Chaplen.
Everton currently occupy fifth position in the table having so far taken four points from their opening three fixtures.
“Everyone who plays a part in the squad will put everything into winning these two matches to put ourselves in a good position in the league and competing in the right half of the table,” midfielder Chaplen told evertonfc.com.
“When we played Doncaster away the result may have flattered us a little. We won the game but we didn’t play as well as we would have liked, especially in the first half. I feel as though the scoreline complemented us more than it should have as it didn’t reflect how well they performed.
“They put up more of a fight than some of the other teams we have played this season. It definitely hasn’t been our easiest contest so far.
“They have got a team full of players who are willing to work hard and that is always a good foundation. So it will be a tough game for us on Thursday and nothing will be taken for granted.”
Everton Ladies will be without the services of goal machine Toni Duggan for the visit of the Belles.
The England international has found the target six times already this season but will be forced to sit out of Thursday’s clash through suspension.
“Toni will be missed but we still have other players in the team who are just as good at scoring goals,” added Chaplen, 24.
“It’s a good opportunity for someone to stake a claim and competition is always healthy. It’s an opportunity for someone to give Andy [Spence] a headache which I’m sure he will be happy to have.”
Evertonians can show their support for the girls by attending these two upcoming home games at Marine’s Arriva Stadium.
Kick-off against Doncaster Rovers Belles this Thursday (30 May) is at 7.30pm, as is the much-anticipated Merseyside derby on Tuesday 4 June versus Liverpool.
Tickets are priced at only £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions. Supporters can buy tickets at the gate on the day of the game.