BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Sunderland (H)

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

After three consecutive away games, the Wildcats will return to their home ground for the final time in the 2021/22 season this weekend.

And they will be playing in front of a bumper crowd as local rivals Sunderland come to town.

We would advise any fans attending the game to also read our Supporter FAQs HERE.

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

Durham Women v Sunderland

Date: Sunday 24th April

Kick-off time: 12pm

Gates open: 10:30am

Venue: Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE

Sunderland travel to Maiden Castle off the back of a good run of form, which has moved them comfortably away from relegation danger and has mathematically secured their survival.

Indeed, the Black Cats currently sit third in the FA Women’s Championship form table and are unbeaten in their last three – having beaten Sheffield United and Watford and drawn with Coventry United.

The win over the Blades was an eye-catching one, with Mel Reay’s side running out 4-1 winners, thanks in no small part to their pacy forward line.

Maria Farrugia and Emily Scarr both found the net in that game and will need to be marshalled carefully on Sunday, especially given the experience and quality of Abbey Joice, Emma Kelly and Keria Ramshaw – who will no doubt lay on plenty of chances.

Neve Herron has also caught the eye this term with some all-action displays in the Sunderland engine room, while at the back the experience of Grace McCatty has proved key.

Durham Women will be able to select from the same squad who were available for the clash at Watford.

Speaking ahead of the game, Lauren Briggs said: “It’s a massive occasion for the North East.

“As players, as fans, it’s a big game.

“We’ve just been putting in the hard work over the last couple of weeks, and it’s a massive opportunity to showcase the work we’ve put in.”

Watch the full interview below:

Tickets for this game are now sold-out.

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.

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!

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

Parking will then be available for free in two car parks.

Car Park 1 is situated at Maiden Castle and is just steps from the entrance to the ground.

Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If Car Park 1 is full, supporters will be asked to park in Car Park 2 – which is approximately 15 minutes walk away from the ground.

This is indicated on the map below:

We would therefore advise all spectators to arrive in plenty of time to ensure that they arrive at the ground in time for kick-off, should they have to walk from Car Park 2.

We would ask fans to walk or utilise public transport where possible.

The  ground is easily 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.

This fixture will not be available to live stream.

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