BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Charlton Athletic (A)

Durham Women turn their attentions back to the FA Women’s Championship this weekend – as they head to Charlton.

The Wildcats head to the capital full of confidence after an encouraging performance at Everton last week, but will face a Charlton side who themselves are hitting a strong vein of form.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the fixture:

A regular opponent over recent years, Charlton have undergone some changes since Thomas Sandgaard’s takeover of the club – the most notable of which was the appointment of Karen Hills as head coach.

The former Tottenham boss is working alongside Riteesh Mishra and the early signs have been positive.

Indeed, the Addicks have lost just one of their last eight games in all competitions and secured survival with a win over London Bees in their last league outing.

And with a place in the Championship for next season new secured, Charlton will be looking to climb as high as they can in the coming weeks.

Charlton’s squad has quality from back to front, with the Addicks having bolstered their ranks with some smart additions in January.

Eartha Cummings has been a reliable presence in goal this season and has the experienced Grace Coombs marshalling the defence in front of her.

In midfielder, Elisha Sulola has caught the eye since her arrival and Charley Clifford brings plenty of nous and quality.

Then up top, Jess King is one to watch in front of goal – having scored five times this season. Lois Heuchan has also scored the same amount this term.

Stay tuned for a pre-match interview!

We’ve met Charlton several times over recent seasons, with our last meeting coming at Maiden Castle earlier this season.

The Addicks took the lead through Heuchan before Bridget Galloway levelled late on as the game ended 1-1.

Our only ever trip to play Charlton away from home came in January 2019, where it was the Addicks who netted late – as Charlotte Gurr scored in injury time in a 2-2 draw.

The match will be played at VCD Athletic.

Kick-off is at 12:00pm on Sunday, April 25.

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 #CHAvDUR.

We’ll also be posting behind the scenes content on our official Instagram account (DurhamWFC) and on our Facebook Page.

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