Promotion destiny in Bristol City's hands for Olivia Fergusson
The striker scored the game's only goal against Durham to keep up the pace in the promotion race
FA WSL 2 match
16:30, Saturday 24 September 2016
Stoke Gifford Stadium
Bristol City Women Goal Scorers: Fergusson 17'
Olivia Fergusson believes the destiny of Bristol City is now firmly in their own hands after her goal secured a vital win over fellow FA WSL 2 promotion candidates Durham at Stoke Gifford Stadium.
Fergusson struck the only goal of the game early in the first half, Fergusson profiting from a mistake by Durham defender Sarah McFadden to steer a low drive passed Helen Alderson.
The striker was unlucky not to add to her tally in the 39th minute, seeing her acrobatic volley well saved by Alderson, but was left delighted to head into their five-week break with a win to heap more pressure on those vying to reach WSL 1.
"It was a good win for us, because it's important for us to beat our promotion rivals, especially at this stage of the season,” she said.
"In the first half the girls all performed really well, it was a really good game, then Durham threw everything at us but I think our defence and goalkeeper dealt with the pressure really well.
"We've got five weeks now until the Everton game, there's a few girls with niggles so it will be about managing those injuries and getting everyone back to full fitness.
"Now we'll be focusing on ourselves, controlling the controllables as (head coach) Willie Kirk always says.
"The aim at the start of the season was to win promotion, being greedy the aim was to win the Championship. It's in our hands now, so that's what we've got to go for and we want to win every game."
Despite being a goal down, Durham were far from out of the game, although both sides found it difficult to create chances in the second half.
Striker Natalie Gutteridge came closest when Bristol City ‘keeper Hannah Reid smothered at her feet, with the visitors’ captain Sarah Wilson was still proud with the way her side carried themselves away from home.
"Bristol City are a good team with lots of quality players, not many teams will come here and only concede one goal, so we're proud of that,” said Wilson.
"It was a bit like the game when we played them at home, they went ahead and we threw everything at them, but it wasn't to be this time.
"You could see how much it meant to all of us as we were all throwing our bodies on the line.
"At the start of the season our target was to finish in the top four which we've achieved, so anything from now is a bonus."
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Bristol City Women 1
Durham Women 0
Bristol City (4-4-2): Hannah Reid; Eloise Wilson, Grace McCatty, Hayley Ladd, Megan Alexander; Georgia Evans, Charlie Estcourt, Claire Emslie, Chloe Arthur; Olivia Fergusson, Jodie Brett
Substitutes: Lauren Hemp for Fergusson 64, Emily Syme for Brett 83, Katie Jones for Emslie 89.
Substitutes not used: Estelle Randall, Paige Sawyer, Poppy Wilson, Lily Woodham.
Red Cards: None
Durham (4-4-2): Helen Alderson; Ellie Christon, Sarah Wilson, Sarah McFadden, Jen Jennings; Beth Hepple, Becky Salicki, Rachel Lee, Jordon Atkinson; Emily Roberts, Natalie Gutteridge.
Substitutes: Tyler Dodds for Lee 81, Sarah Eadon for Jennings 88.
Substitues not used: Megan Borthwick, Nicola Gibson, Chloe Macek
Red Cards: None
Referee: Alan Berrow