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PREVIEW | Belles v Durham Cestria

30 March 2024


PREVIEW | Belles v Durham Cestria

30 March 2024

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The Belles are back in action at the Eco-Power Stadium this Sunday as they take on high-flying Durham Cestria.

Ciaran Toner’s side come into the Easter Sunday clash off the back of an impressive 3-1 stadium win over Chester Le Street last time out, in which debutant Megumi Shenton announced her arrival for the Belles in style with a goal within seconds of coming off the bench.

The victory also saw Holly Housley make her 50th appearance in blue and yellow, with Jasmine Saxton also reaching a half-century of Belles goals in the process.

Sunday’s visitors Durham Cestria sit third in the National League Division One North table, 4 points behind leaders Middlesbrough.

They come into the game off the back of a controversial 2-1 defeat to second-placed Hull City last weekend, having been unbeaten in nine beforehand.

Cestria came out on top the last time the two sides met in November, as a brace from Ella Rowell helped the North East outfit to a 2-0 win.

The Belles will be looking for revenge to put a dent in Cestria’s promotion hopes in front of a healthy home crowd, with Freya Rattenbury saying that playing at the Eco-Power Stadium ‘feels amazing’.

"The fans get behind us, it just brings a whole lot more atmosphere to the game," the defender added.

"It just sets that atmosphere, and the girls really enjoy having the facilities that we do, playing on such a great pitch, it’s good for us."

Kick off on Sunday at the Eco-Power Stadium - the second of three games at the ground towards the end of the season, with the Belles also hosting FC United of Manchester next month - is at 14:00 BST, with tickets priced at £4 for adults, £3 for 14-17 and just £1 for under 13s.

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