Beth Hepple of Durham WFC Durham Women v Lewes Women, Womens Championship football match, New Ferens Park, Durham, UK - 13 Sep 2020 Photo: Richard Lee for The FA

No goal target for Durham ace Hepple as promotion tops the agenda

Durham’s all-time top goalscorer Beth Hepple has insisted that promotion is the only thing on her mind this season despite topping the goalscoring charts after three FA Women’s Championship matches.

The 24-year-old netted her fourth goal of the new campaign as The Wildcats defeated the London City Lionesses 1-0 at Maiden Castle earlier today. ┬áThat goal was her 61st in a blue shirt while Hepple currently shares the top of the FA Women’s Championship goalscoring charts with Liverpool’s Rachel Furness and Sheffield United pair Melissa Johnson and Katie Wilkinson.

Speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time after scoring the winner against The Pride, Hepple confessed that there is one target on her mind this season and it is not her own goal tally.

“The only target that I have is to get promoted and win the league” said Hepple. “That’s the only target that we have got.

“If I can help the team do that then brilliant, I only care about the result.”

The victory over London City Lionesses was by a fine margin with Hepple’s accurate strike being one of just a couple of shots on target all afternoon. The game was not a pretty one but the midfielder was simply delighted to see her side collect what could turn out to be a big three points.

Hepple added “It was a massive three points for us, we knew that it was going to be really tough and that it might be a scrappy game like it was.

“It just shows how we can change how we play just to get the result and that is what we did today.

“We didn’t play our best football but we got the goal, we put our bodies on the line when it counted and we defended really well as a team.”

Durham are one of three sides to have collected seven points from their opening three games. The Wildcats currently occupy third position in the FA Women’s Championship table and are only below both Sheffield United and Liverpool on goal difference.

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