Kathryn Hill drives forward with the ball during the FA Women’s Championship game between Durham and Crystal Palace at Maiden Castle in Durham - Image by Will Matthews/Sports Press Photo

‘We had a game plan and we executed it’ – Defender Hill reacts to Durham victory over Charlton

Durham defender Kathryn Hill says that The Wildcats executed their game plan perfectly against Charlton Athletic at Maiden Castle this afternoon.

Lee Sanders’ side won 2-0 with Hill getting her name on the scoresheet with an impressive strike into the top corner. Beth Hepple’s second half penalty kick made sure of the three points for Durham.

The Wildcats lost 3-1 at Sheffield United last weekend and defender Hill said that the team executed their game plan perfectly in their latest game against Charlton Athletic.

“We have been speaking about it all week, we weren’t at our best last week, we were more disappointed with the performance than the result;” Hill told FAWSL Full-Time. “We had a game plan today and I think that we executed it spot on.

“It is important that we put a show on for this crowd. They are a great crowd who support us week in, week out, they pay their money and make a lot of noise. We are really happy that we got the three points for them today.”

Hill broke the deadlock for Durham inside the opening 10 minutes. A corner kick found her at the back of the 18-yard area and she picked out the far corner of Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Eartha Cumings’ net.

Commenting on her goal, Hill said “I scored one screamer against Celtic in my Rangers days but that is probably the best one that I have had in a while so I am really buzzing with that.”

While Hill was effective in the opposition box, she played her part in some resolute Durham defending. The player was pleased to help her side to record their first clean sheet of the season.

“We needed a clean sheet, we had started the season without one, it’s not us;” Hill said. “We have taken pride in keeping clean sheets over the last few seasons and that was the first thing that we spoke about today, keeping a clean sheet and hopefully, the result would come with it.”

Durham return to FA Women’s Championship action after the international break when they travel to Bristol City.

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