Durham begin a new era tomorrow lunchtime as they face Lewes in the first competitive fixture to be played at the club’s new purpose-built Maiden Castle facility.
Lee Sanders’ side battled to an excellent 1-1 draw with Liverpool on the opening day of the new FA Women’s Championship season and they will now be keen to christen their new home with a first win on the second matchday.
Durham boss Sanders could offer home debuts to summer signings Bridget Galloway and Mollie Lambert after both players impressed in their first starts at Prenton Park last weekend. The Wildcats will be short of an attacking option with Dutch forward Iris Achterhof sidelined for the long term with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.
Visitors Lewes had to deal with the frustration of being the odd ones out last weekend. The Rookettes were the only team not in action on opening day due to the FA Women’s Championship being made up of an odd number of teams.
Manager Simon Parker has put together a strong squad over the summer which again sees the club combine a mix of youth and international experience. Up to nine new signings could take to the field for Lewes at Maiden Castle this weekend as the club look to build upon last season’s eighth-place finish in the FA Women’s Championship.
Durham and Lewes met just once in last season’s curtailed FA Women’s Championship. The Wildcats were 3-0 winners at New Ferens Park with all three goals coming in the second half of the match.
Tomorrow’s meeting at Maiden Castle kicks-off at midday and will be played behind-closed-doors. Durham will stream the game live and free of charge on their Facebook page while the action will also be shown on the FA Player. You can follow live Twitter updates from Maiden Castle on the FA Women’s Super League Full-Time Twitter page.