BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United (H)

Durham Women will welcome Manchester United to Maiden Castle on Thursday – and here’s everything you need to know…

The Wildcats face the Red Devils in their first Continental Cup outing of the campaign after the duo were drawn into Group B alongside Manchester City, Everton and Leicester City.

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

Having won the FA Women’s Championship in their debut season in 2018/19, Manchester United Women have gone from strength-to-strength since reaching the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

The Red Devils came close to securing European football last season and are now regularly challenging the biggest sides in the country – as shown by their 2-2 draw with Manchester City last weekend.

Marc Skinner inherited a squad packed with talent when he took over from Casey Stoney in the summer, and has added to it to create a side bursting with international stars.

So let’s be honest, we could name any single player as a one to watch.

The Red Devils have two top goalkeepers at their disposal in Mary Earps and Sophie Baggaley, with the experienced Maria Thorisdottir and Hannah Blundell in front of them.

Ona Battle has impressed at full-back while there are no shortage of options in midfield – with Vilde Boa Risa, Lucy Staniforth, Jackie Groenen and Hayley Ladd all senior internationals.

Then up top, the likes of Alessia Russo and Kirsty Hanson add some real flair alongside the in-form Ella Toone.

It was Toone who netted for Manchester United the last time these two sides met, but her half-volley was merely a consolation as Durham ran out 3-1 winners at New Ferens Park.

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

Watch a pre-match interview with Dee Bradley below:

Tickets for this game are now SOLD OUT. Please do not travel to Maiden Castle without a ticket.

Tickets will NOT be available on the day of the game.

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

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 two car parks, as shown below:

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

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

We would advise supporters to walk or use public transport wherever possible.

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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