FEATURE: Mollie Lambert on her Durham milestone and future hopes

As Durham Women’s squad completed their journey back from the 3-3 draw at Watford, Mollie Lambert’s phone pinged.

The notification alerted her to a key milestone.

“It wasn’t the greatest of games at Watford and then I got the notification on my phone that it was my 50th game – and I was like ‘oh, wow!’,” she explained.

“It’s a good landmark to hit.

“And especially at what I think is a top-two Championship side, it’s good for the record and on paper.

“I’m really pleased to have played 50 games for this club.”

Lambert is the latest member of the Wildcats’ squad to register a significant appearance landmark this season, having become a regular since her arrival from Sunderland in the summer of 2020.

There have been countless highs and lows since that point, with the midfielder a near ever-present since her arrival.

So which moments stand out for Lambert as the key highlights of her time at Maiden Castle?

“Making my debut against Liverpool at the start of the season last year.

“I really enjoyed that game – it was a good game to play in and a good point for us.

“Then the Manchester United game this year when we took them all the way to penalties, that was a brilliant game.

“And although it wasn’t the most amazing celebration, scoring against Sunderland was nice to get off the mark with a goal at the start of the season.”

Lambert is now a well-established player in the FA Women’s Championship, and a key part of Durham’s engine room.

And her focus now is on making further improvements as eyes quickly turn to the 2022/23 campaign.

“I’m really pleased to have established myself here,” said the midfielder.

“All the girls are lush and we just bounce off each other and learn from each other.

“Now I just hope I can kick-on and aim for more next season.

“I want to keep pushing on and learning.”

And the final word from Lambert is for the fans.

Recent weeks have seen the Wildcats backed by big away followings at both Liverpool and Watford – and a sell-out home crowd got behind the side against Sunderland.

And the impact of their support isn’t lost on the midfielder, who was full of praise for the Durham faithful.

“The fans are amazing – especially towards the end of the season when we haven’t been getting the results and performances we wanted at times.

“A special mention to the away fans who travel too, it’s unreal.

“We’re all tired off the bus and then you see them and it gives you a boost. 

“It’s such a nice feeling to see them week in, week out supporting us.”

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