Durham Women FC
Brighton & Hove Albion
Sun 23 April 2017
New Ferens Park
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Durham aim to stay right in the mix for Spring Series title
Table toppers Durham face a resurgent Brighton team as they look to return to winning ways
Two sides at opposite ends of the FA Women’s Super League Spring Series table meet in an intriguing clash on Sunday as Brighton & Hove Albion make the long trip north to play Durham.
Durham sit top of the FA WSL Spring Series 2 standings with ten points, four more than Brighton – who sit eighth in a competitive division.
Victory for the hosts would keep them right in the title race, while Brighton will be looking to build on their first win at this level.
Durham enter this contest with a record to set straight after their first defeat of the Spring Series against Doncaster Rovers Belles on Easter Sunday.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk scored the winner for Doncaster from a corner late on, after Becky Salicki had earlier cancelled out Christie Murray’s strike.
Durham had started the Spring Series in fine fashion by beating Millwall and Sheffield FC early, but they have now won just one of their last three games.
Brighton will be brimming with confidence after they got off the mark with 2-1 win against Watford at Culver Road.
The newest FA WSL side opened the campaign with three successive draws against London Bees, Oxford United and Millwall – but then lost 3-1 to Aston Villa.
Goals from Alessia Russo and Bronwen Thomas made the difference against Watford, but they face a tough task this weekend against a strong Durham side.
Because Brighton are recently promoted, the two sides are yet to meet in FA WSL action.
ONE TO WATCH – Alessia Russo (Brighton)
Russo scored her second goal in four games with a well-taken header early on against Watford, setting them up for a famous win.
And she played a major part in the decisive goal, as it was her shot which was blocked before Bronwen Thomas fired in. If Russo is at her best then Brighton will confident of another win this weekend.
WHAT THEY SAID
Laura Rafferty, Brighton defender
“Unfortunately we didn’t get the clean sheet, it is a bit unfortunate for us and it is not a goal we are use to conceding and give away but we held off our own and so we will only look at the positives from today anyway for next time.
“Finishing off for a win is brilliant because we can obviously go up north now to Durham and really go for the three points because that is what we want to do now.
“We have got the first win now and that’s the platform for the next game so we are really looking forward to it.
“There is not a gap in the promotion I don’t think, obviously I wasn’t here last season, but coming in the staff have been brilliant, the players have been brilliant.
“We only have aims to be at the top. We want to do as well as we can and the all the girls really gel well together and don’t wish to be here anywhere else. It’s a really brilliant club to be a part of.”
Durham’s Becky Salicki:
“We just have to bounce back against Brighton.
“Credit to us as well. We are playing against some very good players but we have some very good players as well.
“It’s only a sign of what the future has to come from Durham Football Club.
“We re-group when we come back into training and we focus on the next game.
“That’s what we do in the Spring season – we go with every game as it comes and we just look to win as many games as we can out of them.
“We’re top of the league but now we have to hope for some other good results for us to come along.
“We’ll focus on ourselves and keep taking it week-by-week, and fingers crossed, we will still be top of the league when it comes to the end of the season.
“It’s a good warm-up for what’s coming.”
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