Belles return to league action on Sunday as they travel to face Long Eaton United Ladies in FAWNL Division One Midlands at Grange Park.
With the postponement of the Merseyrail FC League Cup game last weekend due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, this will be Belles' first outing since the 2-0 defeat at Solihull Moors two weeks ago.
Belles are currently in sixth place in the league with two wins and a defeat so far. Opponents Long Eaton United sit in eleventh place with one win and three heavy defeats from their opening four games, including their last match which was a 5-1 home defeat to Peterborough United two weeks ago.
Last season Belles and Long Eaton played out two 1-1 draws, with the visitors scoring direct from a corner to cancel out Jasmine Saxton's opener at the then Keepmoat stadium. In the return fixture at Grange Park, a Charlotte Dinsdale volley into the top corner rescued a point in a game which saw Belles’ title hopes ultimately fade away.
Belles manager Andy Butler was keen to put Sunday's game into perspective. He said:"It's still very early in the season, and all the teams are still finding their feet. Long Eaton have had a tough start and no doubt will be wanting to rectify that in front of their own fans.
"For us it's an opportunity to see how we bounce back after Solihull - a test of character to see whether we shrink or grow from that loss. We showed real resolve and purpose against Lincoln and Sheffield to win those games - to get a result this Sunday, we'll have to start showing that resolve and purpose again.
Venue: Grange Park, off Station Road, Long Eaton, NG10 2EF.
Kick off: 2pm.