The Lady Hornets were stung by a double from captain Sarah Wilson and another from Courtney Corrie.
Durham took all three points in a come-from-behind victory against bottom of the league Watford Ladies.
The Wildcats produced a superb second-half performance to clinch the win through a Courtney Corrie close-range effort sandwiched between captain Sarah Wilson’s first competitive league goals for the club.
The Lady Hornets scored within 38 seconds of the match, Anneka Nuttall capitalising on an mistake by Wilson as she tried to play the ball back to goalkeeper Helen Alderson, but were back level shortly after with the defender atoning for her earlier error.
She said: “We got a couple of corners early on and I somehow managed to put it away. It was a manic start to the game. I knew after the mistake that it could go two ways, you can beat yourself up and let it get on top of you, or you can go and put it right.
“I wasn’t letting anyone get in front of me. The corner got whipped in, I just got in front of the marker and jumped. I knew that we had to get it in right away or the pressure would just keep on growing.
“For the second goal, we caught Watford sleeping. We took a short corner which fell to Courtney Corrie, she looped a shot in towards the keeper and just as she was about to come in and collect I came in and sent it the other way. To be honest I’ve never done anything like that before. Thankfully by this point that final goal sealed the win. Credit to Watford they didn’t stop, they were quick to counter and played some good football, but we we’re determined to get back on track to take all three points.”
Fellow goal scorer Corrie put it down to practice makes perfect after she put Durham ahead for the first time in the match.
She said: “Lee [Sanders] was always saying make sure your following balls up for the keeper to spill and he even mentioned at half-time that no one was following them up and we needed to capitalise on that so when I saw Nicki [Gears] had the ball wide I just busted a gut to get in the box and she squared it and I made it.”
Wilson was delighted with the way the team responded to going a goal down away from home and puts it down to the confidence within the squad.
She added: “We have lots of belief in each other. Like any other team we have our moments and we were feeling the pressure, especially coming in at half-time at 1-1. The game could have gone either way but we knew we had to dig in. It was hard work and was incredibly hot, the conditions were tough but we stuck together and came away with the win.
“Hopefully this can be our turning point. We had a tough run leading up to the break. The three points were important because it was a must win game in order to break away and start climbing up the table. We will take each game as it comes but this gives us that confidence booster we needed to take into our next league fixture.”