Sunday 31 July 2016

Beth Hepple wants to set the standard for Durham

The Wildcats beat Watford 3-0 at New Ferens Park on Sunday in the FA Women's Super League

FA WSL 2 match
12:00, Sunday 31 July 2016
New Ferens Park

Durham Women FC Goal Scorers: Hepple 17',69', Roberts 65'

Durham midfielder Beth Hepple insisted her side need to be more clinical if they are to challenge the FA Women’s Super League 2’s top teams, despite her double helping the Wildcats to a 3-0 victory at home to Watford.

Goals in each half from Hepple sandwiched Emily Roberts’ 55th-minute finish at New Ferens Park, and handed Durham their first win in three FA WSL 2 matches.

The Wildcats have games in hand on the sides above them in the FA WSL 2 standings as they bid for a promotion place which is still very much within their grasp.

But Hepple is adamant that if they are to give those above them real cause for concern, her side need to put in the hours on the training ground to ensure their finishing improves.

“We have done the job and got three points on the board which is the important thing,” she said. “But I think we are a little bit disappointed at how many chances we have created, and how many we have actually put in the back of the net to be honest.

“That is not being fussy, that is setting the standard. We are creating the chances, it is just putting the ball in the back of the net.

“We created a lot but our manager said at the end that we need to be taking those chances. We might not create as many in other competitive games so we need to be clinical.

“We can’t take anything for granted. We need to be playing at 150 per cent in every game and every chance we need to take at this level.

“If you are not creating chances, that’s when you should worry. But if it is just about putting the ball in the back of the net then we can work on that in training.”

Despite two wins in five matches, Watford have failed to score in the other three and lost out to Yeovil Town, Aston Villa and now Durham.

And midfielder Ellie Mason admits that while her side are having some trouble playing out from the back, the Golden Girls are making progress all the time as a squad.

She said: “It was a tough game, it is really frustrating when things don’t go your way. We stuck together as a team, but maybe next time we will get a better result.

“Durham are a good team but we didn’t play as best as we could. In parts of the game we were playing our football, and when we were doing that we were getting through and getting shots away.

“I think we were too slow coming out from the back. If we were quicker coming out from the back we would have more of a chance to get up the pitch and try and get some efforts on goal.

“We need to work on how quick we play out from the back. We need to work on that in training and bring that in to our next game.

“We need to look at it and come out better and stronger in the next games. Last season we only won once. This season we have improved a lot more, there are more positives coming out of games.”

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Durham Women AFC 3

Hepple 17 and 68, Roberts 54

Watford Ladies AFC 0

Durham Women AFC (4-3-3): Helen Alderson; Chloe Macek, Sarah Wilson, Sarah McFadden, Beth Hepple, Nat Gutteridge, Jordan Atkinson, Becky Salicki, Ellie Christon, Emily Roberts, Tyler Dodds.

Substitutes: Mercy Darkoah for Dodds 57, Annabel Johnson for Macek 66, Sarah Eadon for Gutteridge 78

Substitutes not used: Megan Borthwick, Nicola Gibson.


Red Cards:

Watford Ladies AFC (4-3-3): Lucy Gillett; Jordan Littleboy, Nicole Pepper, Anneka Nuttall, Ellie Mason, Phoebe Read, Charlotte Kerr, Hannah Samuels, Katie Stanley, Sahara Osborne-Ricketts, Anne-Laure Davy.

Substitutes: Chloe Bassett for Davy 52, Adekite Fatuga-Dada for Stanley 74

Substitutes not used: Victoria Wotton.


Red Cards:

Referee: Shane Slugden

Attendance: 357