BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Crystal Palace (H)

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

The Wildcats welcome the in-form Eagles to the North East looking to build on a positive end to 2021, which saw the side register back-to-back wins over Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers.

But they welcome a team who ended the last calendar year with a series of positive results, and who are well in the promotion picture as we head into 2022.

And here’s all the key information ahead of the clash…

After a transformative summer, which saw a number of players arrive at Hayes Lane, it’s been a strong start to the season for Crystal Palace.

Some eye-catching victories and performances have propelled the side up the table, and they sit fourth in the league ahead of their visit to Maiden Castle.

Key to their success has been a prolific frontline, with manager Dean Davenport able to call upon the likes of Bianca Baptiste, Siobhan Wilson, Millie Farrow and former Wildcat Molly Sharpe.

At the back, another ex-Durham player in Annabel Johnson has captained the side and marshalled the back three throughout the term.

Having not played last weekend after their game at Sunderland was postponed, the Eagles will be keen to keep themselves in contention at the top as they kick-off 2022 in Durham.

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

Speaking ahead of the game, captain Sarah Wilson said: “They are doing really well, and results show that.

“They’ve got some fantastic players and a really attacking forward line, so we know what we’re preparing for.

“We just have to make sure we focus on ourselves and what we’ve been working on in training, put that into practice on Sunday.”

Watch the full interview below:

Tickets remain available for this game.

Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online, but tickets will be available to purchase on the turnstiles on the day of the game once they open at 10:30am – with cash, card and contactless payment accepted.

Tickets are priced at the following rates:

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

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

Tickets can 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:

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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