BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Lewes (H)

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

The Wildcats face the Rooks as they look to build on back-to-back wins in the FA Women’s Championship, but will face a stern test against a strong side travelling from the south coast.

And here’s all the key information ahead of the clash with Lewes:

Lewes have grown into a real force in the FA Women’s Championship in recent years – and their results already this term suggest that they will be more than capable on mounting an assault on the upper echelons of the table.

Simon Parker brought in a number of new players over the summer, with attacking midfielder Freda Ayisi perhaps the most high-profile recruit having previously featured for Arsenal and Birmingham City.

She is joined at the Dripping Pan by former London City Lionesses teammate Kallie Balfour, and the duo will no doubt supply plenty of ammunition for the prolific Ini Umotong as the Nigerian international looks to add to her two goals already this season.

At the back, Rhian Cleverly and Ellie Hack form a sound defensive base in front of the impressive Tatiana Saunders in goal.

And both defenders are a threat at the other end too, as Cleverly showed by scoring during a 1-1 draw at Sunderland last week.

Lewes had beaten London City prior to the international break having started the season with a narrow defeat at Bristol City.

They’ll undoubtedly be keen to extend their unbeaten run at Maiden Castle.

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

Speaking ahead of the game, Sarah Robson said: “We say it all the time but every team in this league can take points off everybody.

“Last season we struggled against Lewes and it took us until the 82nd minute to break them down – and we know they have a very good defensive record.

“Away from home they got a point that they deserved and we did struggle against them. We’re under no illusion that the weekend is a massive game and we need to make sure we’re at 100 per cent.”

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 10:30am. 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 for those who are yet to collect – please bring your confirmation email to collect yours. 

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.

This fixture will NOT be available to live stream.

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