Welfare girls are Belles of the ball

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A QUARTET of promising young footballers from Hemsworth MW have taken their first steps towards their dream of competing at the top level of women’s football by joining the youth ranks at Doncaster Belles.

Emily Murray, Libby Watson, Jess Gibbs and Danni Walker all started out at the Fitzwilliam Sports Complex club and now feature in the junior set-up at the Belles after impressing in trials.

Murray, from Hemsworth, plays for Welfare U11s, while Watson, from North Elmsall, plays for the U12s and Gibbs, from South Elmsall, and Walker, from Havercroft, both play for the U13s.

Their success in being selected for the Belles’ junior ranks highlights the quality of the talent in Welfare’s female footballers.

All four players attended summer trials with the Belles and played well enough to impress the club’s coaches, who wasted no time in adding them to their junior set-up.

The quartet are joined at the Belles by three other Doncaster-based players who also turn out for Hemsworth, namely Katie Pittard, Tayla-Jade Vorster and Emma Maye.

They’ll play and train with the Belles’ junior sides until U18 level, where the club will select players good enough to continue on to their senior sides.

But although the Hemsworth girls still have a way to go before reaching that point, they’re certainly going in the right direction thanks to their performances in training and on the pitch.

The quartet still play for MW in the West Riding Girls League most Saturday’s, thanks to the Sheffield and Hallamshire Girls League, which Doncaster Belles compete in at junior level, playing their matches on a Sunday.

And they’ll all be hoping they do enough to feature for the Belles in the FA Women’s Premier League and FA Women’s Super League in years to come, with the Belles one of the top female sides in the country.

See today’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest sports news from around the area.