BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Blackburn Rovers (H) – FA Cup

Durham Women turn their attention to the Vitality Women’s FA Cup this weekend – with Blackburn Rovers their fourth round opponents.

The two sides locked horns as recently as December in the league, and will now renew acquaintances as they look to seal progression to the last sixteen of the prestigious competition.

It’s sure to be another entertaining clash at Maiden Castle, and here’s all the key information ahead of the clash…

A regular foe in recent years, Blackburn have grown into a real force in the FA Women’s Championship – and have secured some eye-catching results already this season.

Gemma Donnelly’s side beat Aston Villa in the Continental Tyres Cup and have also gained positive results against Liverpool and Sheffield United during the current campaign.

The side is packed full of quality and experience, with goalkeeper Alex Brooks having been a standout performer this term.

At the heart of defence, Jade Richards is always a threat in both boxes and the talented young Hannah Coan has impressed since joining from Everton.

In midfield, the likes of Natasha Fenton and Annabel Blanchard supply plenty of chances for a frontline that includes some excellent options – such as Saffron Jordan and the in-form Ellie Leek.

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

Hear Emily Roberts’ thoughts ahead of the tie 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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