REPORT: Durham 3-0 Lewes

Durham Women signed-off 2019 at New Ferens Park with a comfortable victory over Lewes.

After a cagey first-half, goals from Abby Holmes, Lisa Robertson and Beth Hepple secured a much-needed three points for the Wildcats.

Lee Sanders made just two changes from the side that beat Coventry, with Ellie Christon and Lisa Robertson coming into the side.

And Robertson had one of the first chances of the afternoon, firing over from 25 yards, before Nicki Gears saw a near-post effort held by Lewes stopper Faye Baker.

The Wildcats continued to push forward, but struggled to test Baker in a first half bereft of any real chances.

Robertson came closest to an opener, with her effort clipping the post after a well-worked move handed her a chance in the area.

Molly Sharpe then sent a bicycle kick narrowly wide as half-time approached, but Durham were able to up the gears after the break.

With the wind behind their backs, the hosts poured forward in numbers with Hepple firing over and Gears denied by Baker’s feet.

But a breakthrough would eventually come on the hour mark, when Holmes met Robertson’s corner with a crisp volley which found its way through a crowd of bodies and in.

It would be two shortly after, with Lewes failing to clear after Abby Holmes surged into the box – with Robertson the beneficiary as she slotted home from close range.

Megan Bell then saw a teasing cross flash across the face of goal, with her long-range effort then forcing Baker into a save.

A third would come late on as Hepple’s free-kick found its way through a crowd of bodies and into the bottom – topping-off a superb afternoon for Durham.

Durham XI: Borthwick, Hill, Robertson, Robson, Hepple, Sharpe (Achterhof), Gears (Manders), Bell (Cox), Salicki, Christon, Holmes

Durham subs not used: Weithofer

Attendance: 326

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