Durham Women will turn their attentions to the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup this week – as they travel south to face West Ham United.
While the Wildcats will also have one eye on a crucial league fixture with London Bees on Sunday, the trip to the top tier Hammers is a chance to test themselves ahead of the remainder of the league campaign.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the fixture:
The Hammers entered the top tier in 2018 and have a squad packed with quality in all areas.
New manager Olli Harder has changed the shape and style of play of the side as he looks to improve the side’s league standing – and can call upon some talented players in all departments.
At the back, the experienced Gilly Flaherty is joined by England international Grace Fisk, while in midfield Kate Longhurt and Cho So-Hyun are real competitors.
Then further up the field, the likes of Emily Von Egmond, Martha Thomas, Adriana Leon and Alisha Lehmann will all have to be marshalled carefully.
West Ham lost to Tottenham at the weekend and have Arsenal up next, as they look to climb the FA Women’s Super League table.
Speaking ahead of the game, Ellie Christon said: “We love playing against the bigger teams, so we’re glad to get this far in the cup.
“They’re a team we don’t know loads about, but they have a massive calibre of players who are going to test us.
“That’s what we want to do as players at this level – we want to be tested and play the better teams.”
WE’VE MET BEFORE
Actually, we haven’t.
This is the first time we’ve played West Ham in any competition.
The match will be played at the Chigwell Construction Stadium, Dagenham.
Kick-off is at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 21.
Durham Women FC’s Continental Cup tie with West Ham United will be broadcast live and free on The FA Player.
The tie in London will be the first time the Wildcats have competed in the quarter final stage o the competition – and fans will be able to follow the action from home.
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 #CRYvDUR.
We’ll also be posting behind the scenes content on our official Instagram account (DurhamWFC) and on our Facebook Page.