BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Blackburn Rovers (A)

Durham Women hit the road this weekend as they travel to play Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.

The Wildcats will be looking to build on a positive performance against Birmingham City last time out, while their hosts will come into the game with momentum of their own after a win over Lewes last weekend.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash at Bamber Bridge…

Blackburn have been a familiar foe for Durham in recent weeks, with this the third time the two sides have met since December.

The Wildcats won both of those meetings, but know better than most of the threat that Blackburn can post.

That threat was underlined with a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Lewes last Sunday, when Kayleigh MacDonald’s goal proved enough for victory.

That will no doubt have been a confidence boost for Gemma Donnelly’s side, who also saw stopper Alex Brooks keep a clean sheet.

Brooks, a vastly experienced goalkeeper, will be one to watch this weekend and is helped by a fine defensive line that includes former Aston Villa skipper Jade Richards and ex-Everton youngster Hannah Coan.

In front of them, Annabel Blanchard and Natasha Fenton will provide plenty of creativity for the likes of Saffron Jordan and Ellie Leek up top.

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

Rio Hardy will return to the squad after being cup-tied for last weekend’s clash with Birmingham City.

Speaking ahead of the game, defender Ellie Christon said: “It’s always a tough test against Blackburn.

“They’re similar to us – physical, hard working – but we’ll prepare.

“I feel like we’re definitely building. We’re playing better and better and the chances are coming thick and fast – we just have to make sure we convert.”

Watch the interview below:

Tickets for the game will be available on the day of the game at Bamber Bridge.

They are priced at the following rates:

  • Adults – £8
  • Concessions (U16, Senior) – £4
  • Under 5 – Free
  • Family of Four – £20

Please note that Blackburn operate a cashless ground and so card payment will be required.

The game will take place at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge.

The postcode for the ground is PR5 6UX.

For those fans travelling by train, the nearest station to the ground is Bamber Bridge – which is approximately 15 minutes walk from the stadium.

We will have live coverage of the game on our Twitter account – @DurhamWFC.

Updates will also be posted on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The game will not be available to stream.

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