Boss Sanders is purring after Durham hit Watford for six
Wildcats cruise past the Hornets on Sunday and could still finish third in FA WSL 2 table
FA WSL 2 match
14:00, Sunday 30 October 2016
Watford Ladies FC Goal Scorers: Mason 10'
Durham Women FC Goal Scorers: Gutteridge 40', Hepple 43', Roberts 44', Gibson 69',71', Darkoah 72'
Durham manager Lee Sanders was delighted with his side’s clinical edge in their 6-1 FA Women’s Super League 2 victory over Watford on Sunday.
Nat Gutteridge, Beth Hepple and Emily Roberts all scored in a five-minute Wildcats blitz before the interval and then in the second half Nicola Gibson (2) and substitute Mercy Darkoah poured it on.
It was a tough day for the Hornets who, despite taking the lead through Ellie Mason’s penalty, slumped to their eighth loss in a row that confirms their last-place finish in the table.
And Durham boss Sanders – whose side could still catch Everton and finish third on the final weekend – wants his side to keep that ruthless edge going for next season.
“It was a resounding victory in the end but to be perfectly honest with you we struggled for about 42 minutes but at the end of the day you pay your money and you take your chances,” he said.
“Our finishing was good, it was a nice mixture. The first goal, the set piece, to be fair to the girls we worked on that for 90 minutes last week so it's great when they come off and your hard work is worth it.
“Great delivery and nod on by Nathalie Gutteridge and Beth Hepple finished well. She showed why she is in the top goal scorers in the league.
“Emily Roberts has just kept going and going and got the reward for it and Mercy Darkoah's neat little finish.
“I thought Nicola Gibson was exceptional and got a broken nose for her efforts.
“Next season we have to score more goals and we will be up there. We did not overachieve by any means this season but there is work to be done to see us into those promotion places.”
And Watford skipper Anneka Nuttall – whose side have not won since July – could not hide her disappointment after the result.
“It was a disheartening result. It's horrible to be honest. The first 40 minutes we were in complete control and the game was ours and in the space of five minutes the game had changed completely. We are all gutted that the game ended up the way it did,” she said.
“There were some big defensive mistakes from us but they do happen. They were just clinical and put their all of their chances away.
“I don't think the 'keeper deserved a red for the penalty decision. It would have been harsh but based on what other people were getting booked for later on in the game she should have definitely received a card.
“This season there has been a lot of highs and lows. We need to start again, rebuild, forget this season and see what we can achieve next season.”
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Watford Ladies FC 1
Ellie Mason (pen) 10,
Durham Women FC 6
Nathalie Gutteridge 42, Beth Hepple 45, Emily Roberts 45, Nicola Gibson 67, 71, Mercy Darkoah 74
Watford FC (4-3-3): Lucy Gillett, Amber Tullett, Mollie Burgess, Nicole Pepper; Anneka Nuttall, Ellie Mason, Phoebe Read, Otesha Charles, Charlotte Kerr; Anne-Laure Davy, Ruby Baxter
Substitutes: Adekite Fatiha-Dada for Read 60, Jordan Littleboy for Baxter 73, Stacie Donnelly for Charles 78
Bookings: Anne-Laure Davy 27, Charlotte Kerr 66
Red Cards: None
Durham Women FC (4-4-2): Lucy Alderson, Ellie Christon, Annabel Johnston, Becky Salicki; Sarah Wilson, Nicola Gibson, Beth Hepple, Rachel Lee; Emily Roberts, Nathalie Gutteridge, Jordan Atkinson
Substitutes: Tyler Dodds for Gutteridge half-time, Mercy Dakoah for Gibson 71, Megan Borthwick for Alderson 79
Bookings: Beth Hepple 81
Red Cards: None
Referee: Michael Heavey