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PREVIEW | Belles v Lincoln City

22 February 2023


PREVIEW | Belles v Lincoln City

22 February 2023

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Belles will play the re-scheduled Lincoln City Women fixture at the Iqbal Poultry Stadium this Sunday.

The game was originally due to be played at the EcoPower Stadium on the 11th December, but was postponed due a frozen pitch. 

The two teams met on the very first day of the season at the LNER stadium, home of Lincoln City FC, in an exciting end-to-end game and in front of a bumper crowd of over a thousand spectators.

Seven goals were shared in that game, with a goal from Sophie Brown, two penalties from Jess Andrew, and a late finish in added time from Halima Essa seeing Belles run out 4-3 winners to take the three points.

Lincoln are having a mixed season and currently sit eighth in the league, on nineteen points from sixteen games, with six wins, one draw and nine defeats. In their last six league games, the Imps have won two but are on a four-game losing streak, including a 2-1 last minute home defeat to Peterborough in mid-week. However, Lincoln have reached the final of their County Cup following a 6-1 semi-final win last weekend.

In contrast, Belles sit in second place on twenty-eight points, three points behind leaders Stourbridge, and are on an eight-game unbeaten run of seven wins and a draw in which they have conceded just one goal, and which includes the County Cup semi-final win over Barnsley Women and the 1-0 win over Sheffield FC in mid-week.

Manager Nick Buxton is keen to continue where they left off in what he expects will be another keenly-contested derby. Nick said:"I expect the Lincoln game to be as tough and exciting as the first game at the LNER. Lincoln have lost their way a bit recently after a revival, so will be looking to end this losing streak they are on. We know that they have some very good players so it will start to click again for them at some point - we just need to make sure that doesn't start on Sunday.

"The game at the LNER was a fantastic advert for womens' football both in its quality and the number of people attending the game. It shows what can be done if the will is there and so it was frustrating for everyone when our showcase game was first called off due to the weather and then moved to make way for The Dons.

"Hopefully we can still get to play at the EcoPower before the end of the season because in a world where the women's game in this country has exploded, this team deserves more exposure to the people of Doncaster.


The game kicks off on Sunday at 2pm at the Iqbal Poultry Stadium, DN8 4NA.

Tickets bought for the original game on 11th December are valid for this game.

On the day, CASH-ONLY for Belles non-season ticket holders:
Adults: £5 (includes free 16-page programme)
U17's:  £1
DRFC season ticket holders: £3 


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