Mollie Lambert believes that Durham Women’s point at Watford represents an encouraging start to the season.
The midfielder gave the Blues a dream start to the 2023/24 Barclays Women’s Championship campaign when she found the net after just two minutes away at the recently-promoted Hornets.
But Carly Johns’ strike later in the first half ensured the spoils were shared.
And while it wasn’t the opening day victory that Durham would have been hoping for, Lambert believes the point is a strong one.
“We obviously came for three points, but reflecting on it we think a lot of teams will suffer coming to Watford,” she admitted.
“They’re a new team and a really good team. They’re hard to break down and played some good football.
“I think the point is a good one.
“It was an even-ish game and we had our chances, but that’s football.”
Lambert’s goal came after a slick move which involved several players – which the goalscorer believes represents the foundations being laid in training under Head Coach Claire Ditchburn and the coaching staff.
“We’ve been working on it in training,” revealed the midfielder.
“It came from Abby, Briggsy and Saoirse and finished with me.
“We’re building relationships and combinations and that shows it’s working.”
Durham could have snatched maximum points in the game, and indeed hit both the bar and post in the second half.
And Lambert feels that the fact the side are creating such chances is encouraging – particularly as they continue to develop relationships.
“In training we finish a lot of the chances we created today, but it’s got to be a learning curve,” she added.
“We all back each other on and off the pitch and know it will all work out.
“We’re not panicking, it’s a solid point on the road – and hopefully next time it’s three.”
Durham now turn their attentions to their first home game of the season next Sunday, September 3 – as Lewes visit Maiden Castle.
A bumper crowd is expected and Lambert is relishing the chance to return to home soil.
“It’s our first home game of the season and it’s going to be a big one.
“We know the fans will be there in numbers too, and we can’t wait to meet them.”
Tickets for the visit of Lewes on Sunday, September 3 (12pm kick-off) remain available – but are selling quickly!