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Preview | Belles v Merseyrail Ladies FC

21 September 2022


Preview | Belles v Merseyrail Ladies FC

21 September 2022

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Belles return to Moorends on Sunday as they welcome newly-promoted Merseyrail Ladies FC in the Determining Round of the FA WNL League Cup.

Merseyrail are in the Women's National League for the first time in their club’s history after winning the North West Regional Premier Division last season, but so far have found it tough going as they look to find their feet at the higher Tier 4 level.

The Liverpool-based club currently sits bottom of FAWNL Division 1 North after five games, suffering defeats at home to Newcastle United, Durham Cestria, and away at Chorley and fellow newly-promoted side York City Ladies. However, Merseyrail picked up their first point of the season last weekend with a very creditable home draw against early league leaders Barnsley. 

Sunday's match will be the first ever meeting between the two sides. New Belles manager Nick Buxton will want to continue the attitude and approach that saw Belles beat Long Eaton Utd 9-0 at Grange Park at the weekend - the perfect response to their first league defeat of the season away at Solihull Moors in the previous game.

Nick said:"As much as Merseyrail will see this game as an opportunity to get their season up and running, for us we want to win it and see how far we can get in the cup. We want to put on a performance and show that we're on the right track and going forward. At Long Eaton we were absolutely brilliant from start to finish - we got at them with high pressing and our football and patterns of play were really good - we need to continue that into this game.

Last season Belles narrowly missed out on progressing into the Preliminary Round after a late goal sealed a 2-1 victory for Loughborough Lightning in a tight encounter at the Holywell Complex.

Kick off for the Merseyrail game is 2pm at the Iqbal Poultry stadium, Moorends, DN8 4NA.

Admission prices (includes free matchday programme):

Belles season ticket holders - FREE

U17's - FREE

Adult - £5
DRFC season ticket holders (proof required) - £3
Cash-only turnstiles will operate on the day.
It's still cheaper to buy a Belles season ticket - more details here
The Box Office is open at the following times:
Monday-Thursday: 9am – 4:30pm
Friday: 9am – 4pm



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