BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Crystal Palace (H)

It’s back to league action for Durham Women this weekend, as they welcome Crystal Palace to Maiden Castle.

After a midweek win over Coventry United, the Wildcats will be looking to continue their fine start to the season against another tough opponent.

As per current government guidance, this fixture will be played behind closed doors.

Durham Women FC kindly ask all supporters to refrain from travelling to the ground, and to follow the game from home.

And ahead of the game, here’s everything you need to know – from stream details to social media coverage and more:


THE OPPOSITION

While it’s been a mixed start to the season for Crystal Palace, the Wildcats are more than aware of the threat that the Eagles can pose.

Dean Davenport’s side have won their last two games – thrashing London Bees 4-1 before coming from behind to beat Lewes in midweek.

At the heart of both triumphs has been pacy forward Bianca Baptiste – who along with Cherelle Khassal, Siobhan Wilson and Coral Haines provide Palace with plenty of forward power.

And at the back, former Wildcat Annabel Johnson is expected to captain the side from the heart of defence.


WE’VE MET BEFORE

The two teams met early on last season, where a late Sarah Robson winner handed the Wildcats a 2-1 victory.

In the return fixture, Beth Hepple’s hat-trick helped Durham to a 4-1 win at Hayes Lane.


PRE-MATCH COMMENTS

Sarah Wilson said: “They’ll be a very tough team.

“They have some good players and have made some great signings.

“No team ever wants to come up here, travel as far as they do, and just roll over – so we know this will be a level we’ll need to step-up to.

“It’s always a tough battle with Palace, and they play some good football.”


MATCH INFORMATION

The match will be played at Maiden Castle.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FIXTURE WILL BE PLAYED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.


LIVE STREAM

Durham Women FC are delighted to confirm that we will be streaming our home game with Crystal Palace.

We’ll be offering a one-camera view of the game, complete with commentary from Durham Hospital Radio’s John Middleton and Phill Davison.

The broadcast will go live from approximately 11:50am on Wednesday.

Our stream will be free to view and we have done all we can to ensure the fixture is accessible to as many supporters as possible.

Here’s how you can tune-in to the fixture:

VIA FACEBOOK

The game will be streamed live via Durham Women’s Facebook page.

You can like our page – and ensure you are updated when we go live – by clicking HERE.


FOLLOW THE GAME

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

Durham Hospitals Radio will be providing live radio commentary of this game, which you can tune into HERE.

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