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PREVIEW | Leek Town Ladies v Belles

20 March 2023

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Belles undertake the first of five consecutive away games when they travel to face Leek Town Ladies this Sunday.

Having come from behind to take the points against Wem Town Ladies last weekend, Belles manager Nick Buxton will be looking to address some first-half areas of concern as his team prepare to face another relegation-threatened club.

Nick said:" In the first half we didn't look comfortable, we looked nervous. It was pedestrian and slow and the intensity wasn't there. In the second half though, we stepped up and pressed as a team and moved the ball forward more quickly and as result we had more chances and got the goals we deserved.

Sunday's opponents Leek Town Ladies finished in fifth position in their first season in FAWNL Division 1 Midlands last year, but have spent this season in the lower half of the league and currently sit in 10th place, immediately above the drop zone on goal difference from last weekend's opponents Wem Town, with both teams on seventeen points.

However, Leek have two games in hand on Wem, having won four, drawn five and lost eight of their seventeen games played, with only one of those defeats at home on the 4G at Harrison Park. Belles are second in the league on thirty-four points, having played fifteen games of which they have won eleven, drawn one and lost three.

Belles played Leek earlier in the season in a feisty affair at the Iqbal Poultry with the visitors having both a player and their manager sent off, winning the game 4-0 with goals from Leah Hardy, Oti Laki, Sophie Brown and a Jess Andrew penalty.

Nick Buxton is expecting a much closer encounter in the return fixture this weekend: "Leek have done well at home and will be looking to move away from the relegation zone. It's a nice astroturf surface to play on and a good little ground so hopefully we can build on our win against Wem and come away with the points.


The game at Harrison Park kicks off at 3pm.

Harrison Park
Macclesfield Road
ST13 8LD

Parking at the ground is extremely limited, but there is plenty of room on the Leek to Macclesfield road (A523) that runs past the stadium. Alternative Car Parking can be found close by on the industrial / retail park where Sainsburys is situated.

Parking bays are now marked on the northern side of this road - it is not recommended that you park on the southern side (the side closest to the ground), as the police may ask you to move.


Take the M18 south and then M1 south to Junction 28.

Take the A38 South to the Markeaton Island roundabout in Derby, turning right to take the A52 Ashbourne Road.

Continue on the A52 past Ashbourne, and at Calton Moor take the A523 towards Leek.

On arrival in Leek, follow the A523 through the town centre towards Macclesfield.

Harrison Park is on the A523 in the outskirts of Leek on the left opposite Sainsbury's retail park.



Continue on the A38 towards Burton-on-Trent. At Toyota Island take the A50 towards Stoke-on-Trent.

At Meir, leave the dual carriageway to turn right at the roundabout onto the A520 Weston Road, following the A520 all the way to Leek.

In Leek town centre, follow signs for A523 Macclesfield. turning left into the A523 at the T-junction of St Edward's St and Church St.

Follow the A523, with Harrison Park in the outskirts of Leek on the left opposite Sainsbury's retail park.







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