BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol City (A)

Durham Women continue their FA Women’s Championship campaign at Bristol City this weekend – and here’s everything you need to know…

The Wildcats face the Robins after a brief pause in the season due to the international window, which came after a 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic.

And here’s all the key information on the trip to the South West…

The Robins are unsurprisingly one of the favourites for promotion this term, having valiantly battled against relegation from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League last season.

It’s been all change at the side over the summer, with a new head coach in Lauren Smith and a host of new players – as well as a new stadium at the Robins High Performance Centre.

Smith has recruited a number of exciting players over the summer, including the likes of Simran Jhamat, Aggie Beever-Jones and Mel Johnson, while key players in the shape of Abi Harrison and Aimee Palmer have been retained.

And the side have already picked up four points this campaign courtesy of a home win over Lewes and a draw at Liverpool – where stopper Fran Bentley shone.

Their only defeat so far this term has come on the opening day at Crystal Palace, with Bristol City improving week-on-week.

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

Sarah Robson has returned from international duty with Northern Ireland and will be available for selection.

Speaking ahead of the game, midfielder Mollie Lambert said: “Coming down, they’ll still have very experienced players.

“But we don’t write ourselves off. We’ve got experience, young players and they don’t know much about us.

“It’ll be another good test.”

Watch the full interview below:

Tickets for the game are available now via Bristol City’s ticketing site.

They are priced at the following rates:

  • Adults – £7
  • Senior (65+) – £5
  • Under 22 – £5
  • Under 19 – £4
  • Under 12 – £3

There is no specific away fan seating for this fixture.

The game will take place at The Robins High Performance Centre, Bristol.

The postcode for the ground is BS8 3TN.

Ticket holders can purchase a car-park space in the QEH Sports Ground, which neighbours the Robins High Performance Centre.

Supporters are encouraged to pre-book as there are a limited number of spaces available and this can be done via the Bristol Sport ticketing site for £3, whereas parking purchased on the day will cost £5.

If arriving by train, then a special bus service – number HPC1 – takes supporters from the city centre to the ground.

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

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

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