BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Sheffield United (A)

Durham Women turn their attentions back to the FA Women’s Championship this weekend – with a trip to promotion favourites Sheffield United.

After suffering defeat to the same opponents in midweek, revenge will be on the mind as the Wildcats’ head to Derbyshire.

But the Bladies – the pre-season favourites for promotion – will prove a stern test for Lee Sanders’ side.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the fixture:


New to the league last season, the Blades have quickly assembled a squad more than capable of securing promotion – with Carla Ward having brought in a host of talent.

Katie Wilkinson, Veatriki Sarri, Olivia Fergusson and Jade Pennock provide a real attacking edge, while the returning Kasia Lipka offers quality in the middle of the park.

At the back, Leandra Little and Naomi Hartley offer a firm defensive base.

It’s no surprise to see Sheffield in promotion contention.


We’ve met Sheffield United three times in competitive fixtures and have won just once – a 2-0 triumph away from home on the opening day of last season.


Speaking after the defeat to the Blades in midweek, Sarah Wilson said: “We know we have the qualities in the squad and the individuals – some of whom were rested tonight, which we have to take into account – and it’s important that we recover.

“We need to focus on the next task back in the league.”


The match will be played at The Proact Stadium, 1866 Sheffield Rd, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ

Kick-off is at 12pm on Sunday, November 24.


Tickets are available on the gate at the following prices:

  • Admission – £1


For fans travelling by car, the SatNav postcode for the ground is S41 8NZ

The nearest train station to the ground is Chesterfield, which is about 40 minutes’ walk away.


Our official Twitter account (@DurhamWFC) will be providing updates on the match. You can follow the updates and get involved in the match day discussion by using the hashtag #SHEvDUR

We’ll also be posting behind the scenes content on our official Instagram account (DurhamWFC) and on our Facebook Page.

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