REPORT: London Bees 1-3 Durham Women

Durham Women picked up three points in the capital courtesy of victory over London Bees.

Sarah Robson opened the scoring in a clinical Wildcats performance before Beth Hepple’s free-kick doubled the advantage before the break.

Emily Roberts then added a third following a slick move, with Katie Wilkinson’s penalty for the hosts merely a consolation.

After a disappointing draw against Oxford a fortnight ago, Durham were keen to bounce back at The Hive.

But the hosts – buoyed after back-to-back wins – started on the front foot.

And they could have been ahead early on when Danielle Lea emerged from a swarm of Bees to get her toe to a free-kick, but Helen Alderson managed to stick a toe out and poke her effort wide.

Yet after absorbing some early pressure, Durham took the lead when Hepple’s corner was perfect for Robson who glanced her header past Grace Taylor.

The lead was almost short-lived however, with Destiney Toussaint sending a header over from close range as Luke Swindlehurst’s side sought an immediate route back into the game.

Nicki Gears could have then doubled Durham’s lead after a fine through ball from Zoe Ness, but the winger’s shot went narrowly wide of the far post.

There was to be a second Durham goal before the break though, as Hepple curled home a free-kick from the edge of the box after fine work from Roberts and Ellie Christon to win the set piece.

And Durham’s dominance continued after the break, with Taylor immediately called into action as she tipped Roberts’ low effort on to the post.

Roberts wasn’t to be denied again though as she netted a third soon after – a fine move involving Rachel Lee, Ness and Hepple set the winger through on goal and she calmly slotted home.

Toussaint had a chance to level – Alderson denying her at the near post – before the same player helped win the Bees a penalty as her looping cross was adjudged to have been handled in the area.

Katie Wilkinson dispatched the resultant spot kick to give the Bees some hope, but a fine rearguard performance from Durham secured the win.

It could have been more – substitute Abi Cottam denied in fine fashion by Taylor late on – but the Wildcats left London with three points nonetheless.

Durham XI: Alderson, Johnson, Wilson, Robson (Briggs), Hepple, Ness (Cottam), Gears (Bitzer), Salicki, Christon, Roberts, Lee

Sub Not Used: Todd

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