Durham Women will welcome Watford to Maiden Castle this weekend – and here’s everything you need to know…

The Wildcats face the Hornets in the first game of the new FA Women’s Championship season after a strong pre-season.

And here’s all the key information on the first game of the campaign:

Watford have been a regular foe for Durham since their admission into the second tier of women’s football in 2014 – but have spent recent campaigns in the FA Women’s National League.

Clinton Lancaster’s side have enjoyed great success in the Southern Division and were afforded upward movement earlier this year after an application process.

The squad already contained a number of players with top-level experience – including Rosie Kmita, Renee Hector, Emma Beckett and Welsh international striker Helen Ward.

And the ranks have been bolstered by the likes of Amber Stobbs, Ylenia Priest and Jenna Legg.

Watford will be a stern opening day test and a side to watch throughout the campaign.

Durham Women will be without forward Nicki Gears who remains sidelined with a long-term injury.

Speaking ahead of the game, winger Emily Roberts said: “I think everyone is just buzzing to get going.

“Hopefully it’ll be a great atmosphere with the fans back in the ground.

“You can’t go into any game not thinking it’ll be difficult. Watford will have a point to prove and it should be a good test.”

Watch the full interview below:

Tickets remain available for this game and are priced at the following rates:

  • Adults – £7
  • Students – £5
  • Children (U16) – £3

Tickets will be available on the day of the game following the turnstiles opening at 11am. Cash, card and contactless payments will be accepted.

All tickets sold are unreserved and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets can also be purchased below:

For Season Ticket holders, this game will be included as part of their package and so there is no need to purchase an additional ticket.

Season Ticket cards will also be able to collect from the turnstile on the day of the game – please bring your confirmation email to collect yours. 

For player sponsors who are entitled to Season Tickets as part of their package, your cards have been posted this week. Should they not arrive prior to the Watford fixture, simply say your business or individual name on the turnstile to gain admission.

Food and drink will be available courtesy of Fat Frank’s Food Truck – which will be offering a range of hot and cold drinks and food.

Find out more about them HERE.

The truck will be situated to your left as you enter the turnstiles.

Car parking will be available in the main sports centre car park at Maiden Castle.

To find the ground, please use the SatNav postcode DH1 3SE.

The map below shows parking details and supporter walkways to the ground itself:

Please note that the current closure of Elvet Bridge may extend journey times, so please factor this in when travelling to the ground.

The  ground is also accessible by public transport, with the following buses all stoping outside Maiden Castle:

  • 56
  • 57
  • 57A
  • 57X
  • X12
  • 58
  • 59 IndiGo

The stop nearest to the ground is called ‘Houghall College’.

Spectators attending our games in the 2021/22 season must familiarise themselves with and follow our Supporter Code of Conduct.

You can read the code of conduct HERE.

We will have live coverage of the game on our Twitter account – @DurhamWFC.

Updates will also be posted on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Durham Hospitals Radio will offer live coverage of the game with John Middleton and Phill Davison – you can tune-in HERE.

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