It’s been seven months since Durham Women last took to the field in a competitive action – but that wait comes to an end this weekend.
The Wildcats are back and kick-off their 2020/21 season away at title favourites Liverpool in what is sure to be a tantalising tie.
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 – but were relegated last season.
However, the Reds have enjoyed a fruitful summer under manager Vicky Jepson and have a strong squad at their disposal.
A number of key players – including Jess Clarke, Rachel Furness, Rhiannon Roberts, Mel Lawley and Kirsty Linnett, have been retained with extra quality added.
Former Wildcat Rachael Laws has joined between the sticks while ex-Everton defender Taylor Hinds adds some quality at the back.
WE’VE MET BEFORE
We met Liverpool in the Continental Tyres Cup last season, losing 3-1 at Prenton Park. Molly Sharpe got the goal for Durham.
Prior to that, we last met Liverpool in the same competition during the 2018/20 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.
“I think the best thing to do is just to prepare as best we can and play our game,” said Emily Roberts.
“We’ll give them a good game on Sunday.”
A full interview with Emily Roberts will be available in the coming days.
The match will be played at Prenton Park, Prenton Road West, Birkenhead, CH42 9PY.
Kick-off is at 2pm on Sunday, September 6.
The game will be played behind closed doors based upon current government guidance – but can be live-streamed for free via the FA Player.
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.