BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Bristol City (H)

Durham Women are back on home soil this weekend – as they welcome Bristol City to Maiden Castle.

Fresh off the back of a big win away at London City Lionesses last time out, the Wildcats will be looking to build momentum ahead of the international break.

And while they may have claimed victory over Bristol City earlier this season, this encounter promises to be a completely different prospect.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game…

Durham Women v Bristol City

Date: Sunday 13th February

Kick-off time: 12pm

Gates open: 10:30am

Venue: Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE

Relegated from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League last season, the Robins have adapted well to life in the second tier and have already secured some eye-catching results this term.

Currently sat sixth in the table, Lauren Smith’s side come into this game off the back of a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Bristol haven’t found goals hard to come by this term, and put five past Sheffield United earlier this season too.

Nine of their goals have been scored by the in-form Abi Harrison, who leads the line well and is one that Durham will have to keep an eye on during Sunday’s encounter.

But she is far from the only threat. Mel Johnson is well-proven at this level while in midfield, Aimee Palmer is known to chip in with goals and assists – and is making something of a habit of scoring directly from corners.

At the back, Satara Murray brings a great deal of experience while Fran Bentley is a reliable presence between the sticks.

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

Speaking ahead of the game, defender Kathryn Hill said: “The results show how well Bristol have been doing recently.

“They’re scoring a lot of goals and they’ll be tough to deal with up front.

“We’ll need to be at our best on Sunday again.”

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. 

Want to win four tickets to England v Canada at the Riverside Stadium on February 17th?

Buy your tickets for Durham v Bristol City online before 5pm on Saturday, February 12 and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win one of two sets of four tickets for the Lionesses’ game!

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.

A brand new match day programme will be available for this game – priced at £3.

Featuring exclusive interviews, features and activities for kids, there’s also space for you to get all of the player’s autographs!

Programmes are available from the merchandise stall, which will be situated to your right as you enter through the turnstiles.

Make sure you head to the merchandise stall – situated to your right as you enter through the turnstiles – pick-up all your club memorabilia!

We’ve got hats, scarves, shirts and much more – so don’t forget to pay a visit!

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’.

Wondering what’s happening and when at Sunday’s game?

Check out our full Match Day Timetable below…

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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