Durham 1-0 London City Lionesses: Early goal maintains 100% home record

CHESTERFIELD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Nicki Gears of Durham celebrates with her team mates after scoring her sides first goal during the Barclays FA Women's Championship match between Sheffield United and Durham at the Technique Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Chesterfield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Durham managed to secure a massive three points at home to London City Lionesses, who squandered a boatload of first-half chances.

Dee Bradley headed home from a Beth Hepple corner to open the scoring after three minutes, catching London City Lionesses cold.

It was a dream start for the hosts when a dangerous Hepple corner was placed right in the middle of the six-yard box and that allowed Bradley to leapt highest and head into the far corner.

The Wildcats could have doubled their lead minutes later when Bridget Galloway saw a cut-back land at her feet, but London City blocked the strike on the line.

A huge chance for the visitors to level things up came after 20 minutes when Jarrett met a cut back ball, only to see her effort expertly stopped by Borthwick.

Borthwick once again kept Durham ahead as Nunn tried her luck from 25-yards out, only to see her effort tipped onto the crossbar.

Resilient Durham see out cagey win against London City

A real end to end game at Maiden castle saw Durham go almost straight up the other end and double their lead when Hepple spread the play out wide and Holmes struck marginally wide across goal.

An almost identical start to the second half for Durham as after just 47 minutes Holmes’ great work out wide saw her cross eventually find Robson, but her effort went agonisingly wide of the near post.

In what had been a fairly quiet second half, London City mustered up the first real chance after 73 minutes when a beautifully whipped in corner saw Bennett connect with a thumping header, only to see it whistle wide of the post from close range.

Durham managed to ee out the remainder of the second half with relative ease as London City appeared to run out of steam right at the death.

The Wildcats remain top of the FA Women’s Championship with that win and now must prepare for two away trips next week against Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

Player of the Match – Megan Borthwick

It was a fine display by Durham’s number one who organised her backline, which changed numerous times throughout the match, and kept a cool head when required.

Borthwick also pulled off numerous stunning saves, including one in the first half that she magnificently tipped onto the bar after being caught off of her line.

London City peppered Durham’s box with crosses, especially in the second half, however, Borthwick collected them all expertly and was dominant in the air.

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