Belles return to the Iqbal Poultry stadium this Sunday as they host Wem Town Ladies in FAWNL Division 1 Midlands.
With last weekend's away game at Northampton called off on the morning of the game due to a waterlogged pitch, Belles will be keen to get back to playing and keeping the pressure on league leaders Stourbridge at the top of the division.
Stourbridge had the opportunity on Sunday to pull away from Belles but were held to a 2-2 draw at Lincoln City, meaning the gap at the top is now four points with both teams having played the same number of games, although Stourbridge do have a far superior goal difference.
Manager Nick Buxton said:" It was disappointing to be told on the morning of the Northampton game that it was off. We've had more than our fair share of postponed and rescheduled games already this season and to have another one postponed at this stage of the season and for a game 100 miles away doesn't do anyone any favours if you look at the remaining fixtures schedule.
Sunday's game against visitors Wem Town will be played at the third time of asking. The original fixture last September was moved to December to accomodate a re-arranged FAWNL League Cup tie, with the game being moved again from December to accomodate a County Cup fixture, which was then called off due to a frozen pitch at Kimberworth.
Wem Town Ladies FC was formed in August 2020, evolving from The New Saints Ladies FC which was formed in 2002 as a women's section for The New Saints F.C. men's club (a.k.a. TNS), based in Oswestry, Shropshire. Following a dispute within the TNS organisation in the summer of 2020, the majority of the squad moved with the then manager to form Wem Town Ladies FC, based at the Butler Sports Centre in Wem, Shropshire.
In the 2019/20 season TNS Ladies and Belles played out a 3-3 draw in their first and only meeting, with the season then curtailed by the covid pandemic. Following the formation of Wem Town Ladies, our two clubs have met twice, that being last season with Belles winning 1-0 at home through a Jasmine Saxton strike and then 2-0 away with goals from Nadia Khan and Charlotte Dinsdale.
Wem Town finished last season in the relegation zone, but were reprieved from the drop to Tier 5 by the disbandment of Holwell Sports FC and the FAWNL policy to retain Division 1 Midlands as a twelve-club league.
This season is again turning out to be a relegation battle for Wem, who are as of 14.3.23 currently in the second relegation slot on goal-difference from Leek Town who are in tenth position just above. The Ladies are on seventeen points from seventeen games, having won five, drawn two and lost ten games. A recent mini-revival was brought to an abrupt end with a 6-0 mauling at Peterborough last weekend.
With Stourbridge to play away midweek (15.3.23) and Belles away on Sunday, this could be a defining week for the Shropshire club in their fight against relegation as well as having a say in what happens at the other end of the table.
The game kicks off on Sunday at 2pm at the Iqbal Poultry Stadium, DN8 4NA.
Tickets bought for the original fixtures on 25th September, 18th December are valid for this game.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Club Doncaster Box Office on 01302 762576.
The Box Office is open: Monday-Thursday 9am-4:30pm, Friday 9am–4pm.
- Adults: £5 (includes free 16-page programme)
- U17's: £1
- DRFC season ticket holders: £3