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PREVIEW | Stourbridge FC v Belles

28 February 2023


PREVIEW | Stourbridge FC v Belles

28 February 2023

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Belles travel to take on league leaders Stourbridge this Sunday in a first v second encounter at the top of FAWNL Division 1 Midlands.

Short-notice fixture changes due to County Cup results elsewhere sees Belles on the road to the West Midlands instead of being at home to Wem Town - that fixture having now been moved twice since its original date of 18th December (now on Sunday 19th March).

Manager Nick Buxton has been delighted with his team's recent performances which have seen Belles reach the final of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup and draw level on points with Stourbridge at the top of the league.

Nick said: "Three games and three wins in seven days is fantastic. It takes a lot out of the girls but I can't speak highly enough of them. After the Lincoln game I was lost for words - we've played nine games since we last lost and have conceded just the one goal. Regardless of the level the game is played at, every team works to get clean sheets and it's been magnificent from the girls - to get eight clean sheets from nine games is unbelievable.

Sunday's opponents Stourbridge FC have enjoyed rapid success since formation in 2012, rising quickly through the West Midlands regional leagues and winning promotion to Tier 4 last season. That momentum has continued, with The Glassgirls moving to the top of the league in mid-September where they have been ever since. Stourbridge have also enjoyed cup success this season, reaching the Final of the FAWNL Plate last weekend by beating Crawley Wasps 3-0 and also the semi-final of the Birmingham County Cup the weekend before.

The Glassgirls have played twelve league games and are on thirty-one points, winning ten, losing one and recently drawing 2-2 at home to Sporting Khalsa. Belles are level on points but second on goal difference and have played one game more. The two teams have only previously met once, that being the reverse fixture earlier this season at the Iqbal Poultry Stadium when Stourbridge ran out 3-0 winners. 

Nick said: "We will be treating this game as we do every other game. It's a more open league this season, with teams capable of beating each other on the day. We'll go there on Sunday and see how it goes, but there's still a long way to go to the end of the season with lots of points to be dropped or gained. We just need to keep on plugging away one game at a time and see where it takes us. 


The game on Sunday 5th March kicks off at 2pm.

Address: War Memorial Ground, High St, Stourbridge, DY8 4HN.

Adults £5, Concessions £3, Juniors £3, U12's £1.

NOTE: No cash is taken at the turnstiles - tickets are available on-line here or can be bought from the Stourbridge FC ticket office on the day.



Take the M18 and then M1 South to Junction 23A (by East Midlands Airport).

Take the A42/M42 to Junction 8, taking the M6 (N) exit towards Birmingham.

At M6 Junction 8, take the M5 exit to Birmingham W&S, West Bromwich. 

Leave the M5 at Junction 3 and take the A456 towards Stourbridge and Kidderminster.

In five miles, turn right at traffic lights in Hagley onto the A491 to Stourbridge.

Follow the A491 through Pedmore and Oldswinford onto the Stourbridge ring-road.

Follow the one-way ring-road past the Crystal Leisure Centre and Tesco Extra to the right, and then keep in the left-hand lane signposted for Wolverhampton A491.

As the ring-road dips, take the A491 exit and in 400 yards, just past Johnson's Cleaners, the War Memorial Ground will come into view on the left.


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