Sarah Wilson says Durham Women are under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge they will face at Lewes this weekend – as the Wildcats prepare to kick-off 2021.
The visit to the Dripping Pan is the Wildcats’ first outing of the New Year and is their longest trip of the season – and comes ahead of further visits to Crystal Palace and West Ham United in the coming weeks.
But Wilson says the travelling won’t deter the side as they prepare for a tricky assignment on the south coast.
“It’s a massively long trip, but it’s something we’re used to,” said the Durham skipper.
“We went to Lewes two seasons ago and know exactly what it’s like, and it’s something we’re all used to.
“I think that’s a bit of a benefit to us because most teams only have to travel to us, that’s their big journey, but for us it’s something we have to do on a regular basis – so we’re used to it.”
Durham have already beaten Lewes this season, running out 3-0 winners in a game in which the scoreline didn’t truly reflect the close nature of the full 90 minutes.
Wilson, therefore, is expecting another tricky test against the Rooks.
“We scored the three goals in the last few minutes and the scoreline didn’t reflect the game,” she said of the last meeting between the pair.
“We know that Lewes will know what to expect and it’ll be another incredibly tough game, so we just need to focus on ourselves.”
The Wildcats enjoyed a brief festive break after the win over Liverpool on December 20, but have spent much of the Christmas period in training preparing for their return to action.
“Fortunately, we’ve got a group of players who are all committed – and over Christmas we had a few sessions which was fantastic,” explained Wilson.
“It kept us ticking, let us make sure our fitness was still up there and that was really good.
“We’re just really looking forward to getting back into playing games again.”
“Our feet are well and truly grounded, and that’s just the type of team we are,” continued the captain.
“We know how competitive the Championship is and we know that all teams are taking points off each other.
“We’re completely cautious about every game we approach and make sure we keep focusing on ourselves each week.”