Durham Women turn their attentions to the Vitality Women’s FA Cup this weekend – as they head to Everton.
The visit to Merseyside will be the Wildcats’ first of two successive away trips, and they will face a side who have been a regular foe in recent years.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the fixture:
Competing in the top half of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, Everton will no doubt be looking to attack the Vitality Women’s FA Cup once again this term – having reached the final last season.
The Toffees, managed by Willie Kirk, have a host of talented players at their disposal and are currently perched fifth in the top tier having lost just six times all season.
Everton have won three of their last four games, with their only defeat coming to high-flying Chelsea.
Their last outing saw them beat Aston Villa 3-1 on April 4, with goals from Lucy Graham, Izzy Christiansen and Simone Magill securing the win.
Given their league standing, it’s no surprise that Everton have quality across the park.
England international Jill Scott could feature in the centre of the park alongside the ever-impressive Christiansen.
Further up the field, French striker Valerie Gauvin and Danish international Nicoline Sorensen are real threats – while Hayley Raso and Claire Emslie have been in great form of late.
Alisha Lehmann also bolstered the Toffees’ ranks during the January window and could be involved.
Speaking ahead of the game, midfielder Sarah Robson said: “I cannot wait.
“On Tuesday night, this was always in the back of my mind – so the first think I drank after the game was a protein shake just so I was ready for Sunday!
“I’m really looking forward to it and I think it’s something good to come back to, that we’ve got this massive game against massive opposition with a lot of players who have been away this week playing for the top nations in the world.”
We’ve met Everton many times over the years, but have triumphed only once – back in 2018, when a goal from Zoe Ness secured victory in the Continental Tyres Cup.
Our last meeting came in pre-season when the Merseysiders claimed victory.
The match will be played at Walton Hall Park.
Kick-off is at 2:00pm on Sunday, April 18.
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 #EVEvDUR.
We’ll also be posting behind the scenes content on our official Instagram account (DurhamWFC) and on our Facebook Page.
The game will also be streamed live on Everton’s YouTube channel – which can be accessed HERE.