BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Charlton Athletic (H)

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

After a midweek win over Sheffield 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

After a productive summer in the transfer market, Charlton are ready to make their mark on the Championship – and will come into this game with fresh legs having seen their midweek clash with Brighton & Hove Albion postponed.

The Addicks lost their last league game to London Bees but have already picked up an eye-catching win over Blackburn and a hard-fought point against Crystal Palace this term.

And manager Riteesh Mishra has no shortage of quality in his ranks, either.

Between the sticks, both Eartha Cummings and Katie Startup offer a reliable choice while captain Grace Coombs is a talented central midfielder.

Charlton will be without the suspended Rachel Newborough in midfield, but Ciara Watling has bags of talent and creativity in the engine room – and will lay on chances aplenty for the lively Jess King up top.


WE’VE MET BEFORE

The two teams met early on last season, goals from Molly Sharpe and Lisa Robertson secured a 2-0 win for the Wildcats.

We last visited the Oakwood in January 2019, when a controversial late home leveller saw us forced to share the spoils in a 2-2 draw.


PRE-MATCH COMMENTS

 Skipper Sarah Wilson said: “The Championship is so competitive and every game throws a different challenge.

“We just need to make sure that we are switched on from the off, and we focus on our own game plan.

“We know it’s going to be a battle, as it always is, and we are expecting a tough afternoon.”


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 Charlton Athletic

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 Sunday.

We will be encouraging supporters, where possible, to donate to our drive to #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY if they are watching the stream – FULL DETAILS HERE.

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 #DURvCHA

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

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