Belles are on the road for the second of five consecutive away games when they travel for a twice re-arranged FAWNL Division 1 Midlands game against Northampton Town FC Women this Sunday.
The original fixture scheduled in November was moved to March 12th due to County Cup commitments, and then postponed on the morning of the game two weeks ago due to a waterlogged pitch at Harpole FC, where Northampton play the majority of their home games.
Belles manager Nick Buxton will be looking for a reaction from his side following the disappointing defeat against Leek Town last weekend, a result that saw league leaders Stourbridge open up a seven-point gap on Belles.
Nick said:” At Leek we got ourselves back in the game with a great strike from Sophie Scargill, but on the whole we were poor. We had the chances but weren't clinical enough, and their 'keeper had a great game to keep us out. In parts in the first half we played some really good football, but in the second half we didn't follow the game plan. We'll be working in training on getting back to how we want to play, because against Leek that wasn't us.
Northampton Town FC Women has risen through the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football Leagues, gaining promotion to FAWNL last season without losing a game. Following a wobbly start to life at Tier 4, The Cobblers steadied the ship on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run in the league that was only ended in February with an away defeat at Wem Town.
However since then Northampton have won all their four league games, including against local rivals Peterborough United and playing for the third time this season at Northampton Town FC’s Sixfields ground against Sporting Khalsa in front of a record attendance of 1035.
Those results have moved Town up to third place in the league on thirty-two points from seventeen games, having won ten, drawn two and lost five - and scoring thirteen goals with six conceded in their last six outings.
Belles have played one game less and are two points ahead in second place, having won four and lost two of their last six league games. Sunday’s game will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs.
Nick is clear about the challenge his team faces: “Northampton have done really well and have picked up over the season. They were bottom for a while but have had some good results. I know it’s a cliché but there aren’t any easy games in this league - anybody can go to anyone else and beat them on that given day. We’ve just got to go to Northampton and show our true selves and hopefully get back to winning ways and go on another unbeaten run if we can.
The game on Sunday 2nd April kicks off at 2pm.
Address: Harpole Playing Fields, Larkhall Lane, Harpole, NN7 4DP
DIRECTIONS FROM DONCASTER:
Take the M18 south to the M1, and then M1 south all the way to Junction 16.
At Junction 16, take the left exit onto the A4500 dual carriageway to Northampton (West).
Continue over the first two roundabouts, and then take the next left into Northampton Road (towards Harpole).
Entering Harpole, take the second right into Carr’s Way, and then at the junction with Larkhall Lane turn right into Larkhall Lane.
Harpole Playing Field is on the left.