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Buxton ready for Nottingham Forest test

28 April 2021

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Nick Buxton is looking forward to the most testing friendly game of the resumed season on Wednesday night when the Belles take on Nottingham Forest.

Forest, who play in the FA Women's National League North, will be the highest placed side in the pyramid the Belles face this season.

First-team coach Buxton said: "It is another game we’re really looking forward to. We watched Forest v Wolves in the Women’s FA Cup and that was two really good sides. You’ve got to test yourself.

"It’ll be really good for the girls, it’ll be hard but we’ll go out there and give it 100% - we’ll see where we are and it’ll give us a good marker on what we need to do going forward to next season."

The Belles registered a 3-2 win over Stockport County on Sunday and Buxton was again pleased with the approach of his side - especially after going behind against the run of play.

He added: "You can’t let goals change the way you play, even if you concede you need to stick to the gameplan and play what you see. I thought we did well at what we’d worked on in training - trying to move the ball quick and good transitions, so long as we do that I'll be pleased

"They’re a good side, at the same level as us in the northern section which we’d like to be moved into, so it was a good win for us. It was a different opposition to Leeds’ Development side the previous week week, more physical and experienced with all respect to Leeds.

"We knew it was going to be a hard test having watched a few videos, but we matched them and could have had a few more goals in the first half. They gave us a good test and we did well to come away with a victory."


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