BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Sunderland (A)

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

The Wildcats face the Black Cats after a win over Lewes last weekend, which saw the club extend their good run of form.

And here’s all the key information on the trip down the A690…

Sunderland returned to the second tier of women’s football over the summer after a successful application for upward movement – and have began brightly in the FA Women’s Championship.

Mel Reay’s side beat Coventry United and Blackburn Rovers in their first two league games of the campaign before earning solid points against Crystal Palace and Lewes.

A first defeat of the season came at Bristol City last weekend but the Black Cats will undoubtedly be keen to bounce back on Sunday afternoon.

The squad is one which has youth and experience intertwined – with Grace McCatty, Charlotte Potts, Emma Kelly and Keira Ramshaw offering a knowledgeable spine while being complimented by talented youngsters like Jess Brown, Neve Herron and Maria Farrugia.

Back at their regular home ground of Eppleton Colliery Welfare this weekend, Sunderland are sure to be a tough nut to crack.

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

Speaking ahead of the game, midfielder Beth Hepple said: “We know how tough this league is.

“Every team is competitive and Sunderland will be no different. It’s a derby so it’s going to be a huge game, and a tough game.”

Watch the full interview below:

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

They are priced at the following rates:

  • Adults – £5
  • Over 65 – £2.50
  • Under 16 – £2.50

There is no specific away fan seating for this fixture.

Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the game from the turnstiles, which open at 11am.

The game will take place at Eppleton Colliery Welfare, Hetton.

The postcode for the ground is DH5 9NE.

Parking is limited in the surrounding area, but Hetton Interchange – served by a number of buses – is next 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.

Durham Hospitals Radio will be providing live commentary of the game on dhradio.org.uk.

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