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18th July 2018

Waterlogged! Ladies washed out at Rovers

    Arsenal Ladies

    Arsenal Ladies. Below: Referee Jane Simms. Pictures: The FA via Getty Images

    Referee Jane Simms

    Published: 26 May, 2016

    ARSENAL Ladies saw their hopes of playing one last competitive match before a three-week break washed out on Saturday when their Women’s Super League fixture away to Doncaster Rovers Belles was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. 

    The Gunners travelled to the game in confident mood having beaten Chelsea 1-0 to clinch the FA Cup in front of a record crowd at Wembley in their previous outing. 

    The players, including FA Cup match-winner Danielle Carter, went through a vigorous warm-up when they got to the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, but it proved in vain as after a couple of failed attempts to bounce the ball, and a few sludgy steps, referee Jane Simms (inset) quickly called the game off. 

    Arsenal will keep their skills sharp by playing a friendly against American side Seattle Reign tonight (Thursday), but their next competitive match isn’t until June 26 – when they play Sunderland away in the WSL. 

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