Sunday 24 April 2016

Hepple delighted as Durham maintain their perfect start

Durham make it three wins from three with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Oxford United.

FA WSL 2 match
12:00, Sunday 24 April 2016
Abingdon United FC

Oxford United Women Goal Scorers: Umotong 10'

Durham Women FC Goal Scorers: Robson 2', Hepple 64',82', GEARS 8', Gutteridge

Beth Hepple was over the moon after bagging a double as Durham put five past winless Oxford United in the WSL 2.

Sarah McFadden, Nicki Gears and Nat Gutteridge also got on the scoresheet as the Wildcats made it three wins from three in the top versus bottom clash.

Hepple scored the fourth and fifth goals for her team but refused to get too far ahead of herself after helping her side maintain their perfect start to the WSL 2 season.

“I’m buzzing and feel over the moon. To keep up our consistency from our first games is great,” said Hepple.

“Before the game, we were saying that we are not looking at the league table because it doesn’t matter.

“Anything can happen at the start of the season and we just have to focus on our performances and that’s what matters.

“Everyone is on form at the minute and long may it continue. We want it to continue and it is really important to get off to a good start and get all the points on the board

“It’s always good to get a good start and get a bit of momentum going, but that’s over now and we have to focus on Aston Villa next week.

“We have played Villa numerous times and we know they are going to be a strong team and a hard challenge, but we’ll be up for it.”

The league leaders took the lead with just two minutes gone as Demi Lambourne flapped at a Hepple corner allowing McFadden to tap in.

The lead was doubled when a diagonal ball found Gears, who soared past Rosie Lane before slotting her shot home.

United clawed one back through Ini Umotong’s third goal of the campaign but the visitors’ two-goal advantage was restored in first half stoppage-time through a Gutteridge header.

That just left Hepple to add two late on, the second a cheeky lob over Lambourne.

Oxford striker Umotong said she was pleased to have scored but would rather have seen her team pick up their first points of the season.

She said: “It is a bit demoralising. We always knew coming into the game it was going to be a tough game.

“Durham have picked up nine points out of nine, so it was going to be tough, but we’ll keep grafting and pick up the points we need.

“It was good to get on the scoresheet, but it doesn’t mean much when you lose. I’d much rather win a game and not score a goal rather than score ten times and lose the game.”

Oxford United WFC 1

Umotong 10

Durham LFC 5

McFadden 2, Gears 7, Gutteridge 45+1, Hepple 67, 84

Oxford United (4-1-4-1): Demi Lambourne; Chloe Bruce, Rosie Lane, Riva Casley, Jess Frampton; Lauren Haynes; Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Katherine Nutman, Georgia Timms, Holly Pickett; Ini Umotong

Substitutes: Katja Hakala for Timms (46), Steph Weston for Bruce (73), Sophie Baker for Haynes (87)

Substitutes not used: Hannah Cox, Madison Lee, Charlie Deeley

Bookings: N/A

Red Cards: N/A

Durham (4-3-3): Helen Anderson; Ellie Christon, Sarah Wilson, Becky Salicki, Chloe Macek; Beth Hepple, Sarah McFadden, Rachel Lee; Jordan Atkinson, Nat Gutteridge, Nicki Gears.

Substitutes: Sarah Eadon for McFadden (81)

Substitutes not used: Lauren Jordinson

Bookings: Sarah McFadden (32), Sarah Wilson (90), Beth Hepple (90+3)

Red Cards: N/A

Referee: Daniel Lamport

Attendance: 485

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