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PREVIEW | Belles v Peterborough Utd

4 May 2023


PREVIEW | Belles v Peterborough Utd

4 May 2023

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Belles conclude their fourth season at Tier 4 level with the visit of Peterborough United Women to the Iqbal Poultry Stadium this Sunday.

On the back of an outstanding performance in the final of the Sheffield FA Women's County Cup, Belles will be looking to sign off for the summer in style having already secured the runners-up slot for the third season in a row, taking into account the curtailed 2020/21 season.

Despite the narrow 1-0 loss in the County Cup final, Belles manager Nick Buxton was full of praise for the way his side played in an entertaining game against Tier 3 side Huddersfield Town Women in front of over 500 fans at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Nick said:"I thought we were fantastic from start to finish. We never stopped working, we never stopped running. I can't be more proud of the girls. We needed a response for the Northampton game where were good in the first half but very poor in the second. We played some fantastic football against a Tier 3 side and were unlucky not to be ahead at half-time. It shows the togetherness of the team and how they want to work for the badge. I'd also like to thank the fans who came today and really got behind the team - they were brilliant too.

"Sunday is our last game of the season and will be another hard game against an improving club. We'll look at how the players are recovering from the cup final and see who's fit and not fit. With us being safe in second place, it might be the case that we give some game time to those players who haven't played much this season - but we'll go to give it our best shot.

Peterborough United Women are set to complete their second season in the FA Women’s National League, with a top-five place secured and a seven-point better tally compared to last season ahead of Sunday's game.

The Posh Women secured promotion to the FA Women’s National League for the first time ever in July 2021 after leading the (Tier 5) East Midlands Women’s Regional League Premier Division on two occasions, but were denied first-time around due to COVID-19 after the season curtailed early before securing the title in the following season.

Last year Peterborough finished in 8th position, some fourteen points above the drop zone and twenty points behind Belles in second place. This season, they also enjoyed a historic run in the FA Cup reaching the 3rd Round, beating Stourbridge and then Sporting Khalsa with last-minute winners along the way, only to narrowly lose 1-0 to Tier 3 side Durham Women at Abbey Lawn.

In September, Posh Women moved to Abbey Lawn, home of Bourne Town Football Club, which has seen average attendances increase to 300 for each home game. Off the pitch this progress has continued as they recorded their highest-ever attendance for a FAWNL game, with 2,300 supporters attending the home game against Lincoln City Women at the Weston Homes Stadium, home of Peterborough United F.C., with whom the Women's team are now partnered.

Sunday's game will be the fourth time our two clubs have met. Last season Belles won the first-ever meeting between the two clubs 2-1 on the 4G at the Eco-Power, with goals from Jasmine Saxton and Nadia Khan. The reverse fixture towards the end of the season at the Ideverde Training Ground ended goalless - a result that dinted Belles' hopes of promotion at the time.

This season, Belles took all three points at Abbey Lawn with Nadia Khan again on the scoresheet. Posh Women will no doubt be looking to avenge that defeat and end their season on a high today.

Regardless of the result, Belles will again finish as runners-up in FAWNL Division 1 Midlands. The only team that could have caught Belles is today's visitors Peterborough, but with both teams losing last weekend the visitors will now at the very least finish in fifth position should they lose, needing just a point to finish fourth. There is still the mathematical possibly that Peterborough could finish in third place, but they would have to beat Belles by 13 clear goals on Sunday for that to happen.


The game on Sunday 7th May at the Iqbal Poultry Stadium kicks off at 2pm.

Admission is on the gate - no advance tickets - CASH ONLY VENUE

£5 adults

£3 DRFC Season ticket holders

FREE for U17's

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