Durham Women head to Liverpool looking to keep their Continental Cup dreams alive.
The Wildcats still harbour ambitions of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition, and currently sit second in Group A ahead of the final round of fixtures.
But Liverpool – a dominant force in the women’s game – will prove a stern test for Lee Sanders’ side and will be keen to sign-off their own cup campaign in the best possible way.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the fixture:
A regular in the FA Women’s Super League since its inception, Liverpool have won the top tier twice – in 2014 and 2015 – and are yet to be relegated.
The club are currently undergoing a period of transition under new manager Vicky Jepson, but have a strong squad at their disposal.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Mel Lawley, Christie Murray and Kirsty Linnett are all proven goalscorers in the top tier, while Welsh international Razza Roberts has excelled in recent years.
The Reds are yet to win in this league this term and sit bottom of the Super League – but don’t be fooled, their squad is still packed with quality.
WE’VE MET BEFORE
We last met Liverpool in this same competition last season, playing out an entertaining 3-3 draw at New Ferens Park.
Emily Roberts bagged a brace with Abi Cottam also on the scoresheet, with Liverpool then claiming the bonus point on penalties.
Defender Abby Holmes said: “You want to go into Christmas with two big wins, especially on Wednesday against a top tier side.
“I think we can do a job and we go there in full confidence.”
WHAT MUST WE DO TO QUALIFY?
Durham currently sit second in Group A – level on points with leaders Sheffield United, with the top two able to quality – and here’s what each result will mean for our cup hopes:
- WIN – If we win, we will progress to the knockout stages of the competition regardless of other results
- DRAW, WIN ON PENALTIES – If we draw and then win the bonus point via penalties, we will qualify regardless of other results
- DRAW, LOSE ON PENALTIES – If we draw and then miss out on the bonus point after penalties, we could still qualify provided that Aston Villa do not beat Blackburn by more than four goals.
- LOSE – If we lose, we cannot qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
The match will be played at Prenton Park, Prenton Road West, Birkenhead, CH42 9PY
Kick-off is at 6:30pm on Wednesday, December 11.
Tickets are available on the gate at the following prices:
- Adults – £5
- Concessions – £2.50
GETTING TO THE MATCH
For fans travelling by car, the SatNav postcode for the ground is CH42 9PY.
The nearest train station to the ground is Rock Ferry, which is about 20 minutes’ walk away.
FOLLOW THE GAME
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 #LIVvDUR
We’ll also be posting behind the scenes content on our official Instagram account (DurhamWFC) and on our Facebook Page.