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PREVIEW | Sheffield FC v Belles

21 February 2023

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Following last weekend's County Cup semi-final win, Belles return to league action this Thursday when they make the short trip to The Home Of Football Stadium to take on Sheffield FC.

Belles manager Nick Buxton was delighted with the performance against Barnsley Women, and will be looking for his team to take that approach into two league games in quick succession - the first being Sheffield on Thursday and the next being the home game against Lincoln City Women on Sunday at the Iqbal Poultry Stadium.

Nick said: "We knew what Barnsley would be like and our game plan worked. We frustrated them as much as we could and looked to close them down. Also credit is due to Dan Solts our Assistant Manager as he worked hard with the team on set pieces and they came off really well.

"We've got these two difficult games coming up in the next few days, but the coaching staff - Dan, Kay, Jake - work constantly with the players on their fitness. We may have some heavy legs after Barnsley but it's the same for the other teams and we just have to get on with it and see what happens come the end of the week.

Thursday's opponents Sheffield FC were relegated from the FA Northern Premier Division last year and are having a mixed season so far as they look to stabilise the club in the fourth Tier. The Dronfield-based club are currently ninth in FAWNL Division 1 Midlands, five points above the drop zone but with games in hand, and ten points behind Belles in second place.

Sheffield have played eleven games - the same number of games as Belles - winning five, losing six and yet to draw with a goal difference of -1. After a sequence of league defeats, they have recently returned to winning ways with crucial victories over bottom clubs Wem Town and Long Eaton, thereby providing some breathing space between themselves and those two relegation-threatened clubs.

Belles are on a six-game unbeaten run in FAWNL Division 1 Midlands, and this is their first away game in the league since early October. The last time the two teams met was in the 2-1 win to Belles in the first home game of the season, with a 30 yard screamer from former Sheffield player Olivia Harness and a late penalty from Jess Andrew enough to take the points. On Thursday night Belles manager Nick Buxton will be looking for his side to keep up the pressure on Stourbridge at the top.

Nick said: "Sheffield have had a tricky start to Tier 4, but they've won their last two games and will be looking to keep that going and put more distance between themselves and the clubs at the bottom. We've had a good run of our own, and if we can continue to apply ourselves in the way in which we have been doing, then we'll be giving ourselves a good chance of coming away with the points on Thursday.


Venue: The Home Of Football Stadium, Sheffield Road, Dronfield, S18 2GD.

KO 7.45pm.

Adults £5, Children/ reductions £3.



Take M18 & M1 towards Sheffield, leaving at Junction 33 to take the A630 Sheffield Parkway towards the city centre.

Leave the Parkway at the junction with the A57, following signs for "Ring Road A6102".

Follow the Ring Road all the way to Jordanthorpe/Meadowhead, and at the Meadowhead roundabout turn left into A61 Chesterfield Rd South.

Follow the A61 until the next roundabout (Bowshaw Roundabout)and take the first left onto the B6057 to Dronfield.

The ground is on the right next to the The Coach & Horses pub. 





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