REPORT: Leicester City 2-2 Durham

Lachante Paul’s late strike denied Durham Women three points against Leicester City.

The Wildcats dominated large spells against their full-time hosts and goals from Emily Roberts and Beth Hepple either side of Remi Allen’s leveller looked to have sealed a deserved victory.

But that late leveller saw the Foxes steal a point in the dying stages.

After a cagey opening at Farely Way, it was Durham began to gain a foothold in the game and set about putting their hosts under pressure.

Sarah Robson saw a glancing header flash just the wrong side of the post before Sarah Wilson sent a volley whistling narrowly over the bar.

Wilson again came close after seeing a shot blocked from a corner before she turned provider for Lambert – whose back-post volley couldn’t be guided goal-wards.

And a deserved breakthrough came on 20 minutes as Roberts sent a volley soaring into the roof of the net after Leicester couldn’t clear a Nicki Gears cross.

Chances were at a premium after the opener, with Megan Borthwick getting down well to deny Paige Bailey-Gayle while Lauren Briggs – introduced for Durham after an injury to Mollie Lambert – sent a long-range effort over.

But having dominated the first half, Durham were pinned back at the beginning of the second.

And Leicester quickly found themselves back on level terms, Allen lofting home a shot from the edge of the area after a sustained spell of pressure.

Chances flowed at both ends, with Bridget Galloway firing over for the Wildcats and Bailey-Gayle seeing her shot follow the same fate at the other end.

But despite having had to soak up a great deal of Leicester pressure, it was Durham who struck next.

After Galloway was brought down 25 yards from goal, Hepple curled a sumptuous free-kick into the top corner – leaving Kirstie Levell with no chance.

That frustrated Leicester, who were lucky to end the game with their full compliment of players after receiving some stern lectures from referee Sarah Garrett.

And while it was the Foxes who did much of the second half pressing, they struggled to really test Borthwick as the Durham rearguard held their hosts at bay.

That was until the dying seconds when Paul smashed home from close range to deny the Wildcats the points they arguably deserved.

Durham XI: Borthwick; Wilson, Christon, Salicki, Hill; Robson, Lambert (Briggs 40), Hepple; Gears (Sharpe 61), Galloway, Roberts

Subs not used: Mackain, Ayre, Atkinson

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