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PREVIEW | Belles v Northampton at the Eco-Power

24 April 2023

Belles

PREVIEW | Belles v Northampton at the Eco-Power

24 April 2023

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Belles play the first of two games in four days at the Eco-Power Stadium when they take on Northampton Town Women on Sunday.

Following their 3-0 away win at Wem Town at the weekend, Nick Buxton's side need just a point from the game to secure the runners-up slot in FAWNL Division 1. Belles then return to the Eco-Power on Thursday 4th May in the Sheffield FA Women's County Cup Final against Huddersfield Town Women, kick off 7.30pm.

Belles are hoping for a bumper crowd at both games to cheer the team on following another successful league campaign, along with the chance to win some silverware in their first appearance in a County Cup Final for thirteen years.

Belles CEO Russ Green said:" The Belles were incredibly successful across the decades and we are proud to be a part of such a historic club. The promotion race this season has been another tough one but we are confident of going one better next season. Young fans are the lifeblood of the game so let’s make sure the stands are packed and cheering on the team.”

Belles won comfortably at the weekend, with goals from Holly Housley, Shelbey Morris and a first senior goal by RTC player Abi Coley enough to beat Wem Town, who were relegated in the process.

Speaking about the performance in Shropshire, Belles manager Nick Buxton said:” We played some good football on a heavy and bobbly pitch. Holly has been working hard on her deliveries into the box and what a delivery that was for her goal.

"It was also a fantastic strike by Abi Coley for her first senior goal - she's a really good prospect for the future and is another player who has come through Belles RTC. For a sixteen year-old playing regular first team football it's great for her. 

"I'm also pleased for Shelbey Morris and her goal - a great strike from a player who hasn't had much game time this season, but if she can come off the bench and score goals like that then she's going to give us a selection headache going forward."

Sunday’s opponents Northampton Town are in their first ever season at Tier 4 level, having come up through the local leagues to win promotion from the East Midlands Women's Regional Football League last season.

After a shaky start to this season's campaign, The Cobblers went on a seven-game unbeaten run that saw them climb up the league, and with Sunday's game being their last of the season they will at the very least finish sixth or at the very most fourth should they win on Sunday and other results go their way.

Only last month in the reverse fixture, Belles came from behind at Harpole to secure a point courtesy of a late Jess Andrew strike. Speaking about Sunday's game, Nick said:” We're really looking forward to it. Ideally we'd love to play there every week - it's a great pitch and a great stadium.

"Hopefully we can put on a good performance and play better than we did at Northampton where we were a bit cagey, but with the County Cup final at the stadium as well it's a big week for us and the girls are looking forward to it and hopefully the people of Doncaster will respond and we'll get a big crowd there to cheer us on."

Belles currently sit in second place in FAWNL Division 1 Midlands on forty-two points with two games remaining. The only team that can now catch them is Peterborough United, who although in fourth place and six points behind Belles also have two games remaining. Belles currently have a goal-difference of seven over the Posh Women.

With the win at Wem Town, Belles could have wrapped up second place if Peterborough had failed to beat Stourbridge at home. That looked on the cards until a late goal at Bourne gave Posh Women the win to keep their hopes of a runners-up finish alive.

Belles now need either just a point from their last two league games, or for Peterborough to not win at Leek this weekend to clinch second place. Should Belles lose to Northampton and Peterborough win at Leek, that would narrow the gap to just three points and set up an intriguing final league game of the season for both teams, as Peterborough are the visitors to the Iqbal Poultry Stadium for Belles' last home game of the season at Moorends on Sunday 7th May, kick off 3pm.

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The game on Sunday 30th April at the Eco-Power kicks off at 2pm.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £5 for adults and £1 for U17s and under.

Season ticket holders at Doncaster Rovers and Doncaster RLFC can buy adult tickets for £2 while junior season ticket holders will gain free entry. Codes will be sent out via email to all season ticket holders to redeem for the ticket offer.

The free ticket offer has been sent to schools in the area, with a voucher code to redeem at the Club Doncaster Box Office.

All discounted/free tickets (e.g. schools offer, Rovers and Dons season ticket holders) must be claimed before 4pm on Friday, April 28.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day but will be at full price for all.

Parking at the Eco-Power Stadium for the game can be booked for £3.

To buy your tickets for the game visit the Eco-Power Stadium Box Office, call (01302) 762576 or click HERE.

Please note the ticket office is closed on Wednesdays to visitors but open over the phone / online.


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