Durham Women vs Millwall Lionesses

Yesterday’s Easington report I did was probably less informative than normal. That was because I was trying to do what is basically an impossible task – film a whole match while still doing regular Twitter and Facebook updates. Because of this, the updates/notes I took were less regular and less informative and this had an influence on the report. Ideally, I’ll be looking to find someone who will film and edit all of Easington’s home games next season. It’ll be even better if I can find a photographer as well as someone to film the games. I was only doing it as a one off for a University module. I’ll be honest, filming a whole football match isn’t my favourite thing in the world. Although I’ve only got five or six games on my forthcoming fixtures page, I will hopefully have a few more than that. The others that I’ll go to are likely to be of a very low level or in Scotland. If Berwick finish bottom of Scottish League Two, I will probably go to their play-off game against East Kilbride or Cove Rangers.

Match report:

Durham grind out Millwall win

Durham Women claimed all three points in a 1-0 win over Millwall Lionesses at New Ferens Park on Sunday afternoon.

Emily Roberts’ 69th minute goal proved the difference between the sides, and it means Durham keep the pressure on Tottenham and Charlton.

It was hard work for Durham. They dominated the majority of the game but couldn’t find a breakthrough until Roberts’ fine individual effort.

Upon kick-off, Nicki Gears fired wide for Durham inside two minutes, and then Zoe Ness had an effort just evade the goal with five minutes on the clock.

Roberts and Beth Hepple then had further efforts for the Wildcats, and it was all Durham in the opening quarter of an hour.

Millwall’s first half chance fell to Annie Rossiter in the 21st minute, but her ambitious long-range effort was deflected to safety.

A quiet period then followed, but Durham were certainly the brighter team.

Millwall’s Rhiannon Stewart pulled off a fine save to prevent Roberts on the half hour mark.

The Millwall stopper seemed determined to always play out of the back rather than going long, and it was putting her defenders under pressure all game. Gears and Ness were closing them down, but the Millwall defence did well to deal with it throughout.

Sarah Wilson was next to try her luck for Durham, but her long range effort was comfortable enough for Stewart.

Just before the break, a couple of Durham corners caused some problems for the visitors. The first corner was played short to Hepple, and her ball into the penalty area found a way to the back post where it was cleared off the line. Durham had another corner seconds later, but once it was lifted into the penalty area, Abby Holmes could only steer her header wide.

Following the break, Durham had a chance in the 49th minute. Hepple picked out Ness, and she took control before her curling effort darted narrowly wide.

Holmes then headed just wide, before Ness had an effort saved by Stewart in the Millwall goal.

A couple of injuries and substitutions made the game flat for a few minutes, but Durham soon regained their momentum.

Sarah Robson headed wide in the 67th minute, before the breakthrough finally came two minutes later. Roberts picked up the ball in a wide position before cutting in to beat numerous Millwall players. On the corner of the penalty area, the former Doncaster Rovers Belles winger looked up before curling a fine effort into the far corner to give Stewart no chance.

Having fallen behind, Millwall starting to put some pressure on Durham. In the 74th minute, a training ground move saw a corner find Gabby Ravenscroft on the edge of the penalty area, but her effort sailed well over over the crossbar.

Following a short quiet spell, Millwall had Stewart to thank for keeping the deficit at only one. Roberts’ pull back picked out Ness, but her shot was saved by Stewart at point-blank range.

However, Millwall couldn’t muster any further chances and Durham took the points.

Full-time: Durham Women 1-0 Millwall Lionesses

Next up for me is Newcastle Benfield vs West Auckland Town tomorrow.

Durham Women: Borthwick, Holmes, Christon, Wilson (c), Hill, Robson, Robertson, Hepple, Roberts, Gears, Ness

Subs (all unused): Reid, Cottam, Greenwood, Ryan

Millwall Lionesses: Stewart, Mackie, Casley, Priest, Lumsden, Ravenscroft (Young, 78′), Clarke (c), Fitzgerald, Rossiter (Giddings, 64′), Neville (Caltado, 58′), Robert

Unused subs: Bailes, Stovold, Peart, Bailey

Admission: £5 adults, £2 concessions

Programme: £2

Attendance: 355

Teamsheet: Free with programme

Referee: Craig Dean

Chips and Lucozade Sport: £3.60

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