Durham Women were forced to settle for a point from their clash against high-flying Bristol City.
Rio Hardy’s well-taken goal saw the hosts cancel out Shania Hayles’ opener – before the Wildcats dominated the second half and just couldn’t find a breakthrough.
There was just one change from the side that impressed at Aston Villa as Mollie Lambert replaced Sarah Robson, and Durham began the game strongly.
Jess Clarke had two early sights of goal but was denied by Fran Bentley on both occasions after a good home start.
But against the run of play, it was the Robins who struck first – Hayles pouncing on a defensive error before rounding Naoisha McAloon and slotting home.
That buoyed Bristol with McAloon have to stand tall to deny Abi Harrison and claim a number of crosses, while Mollie Lambert made a superb goal-line clearance to stop the visitors doubling their advantage.
And having remained resolute at the back, Durham netted a deserved leveller.
Hardy was the beneficiary of some excellent pressing before she slotted home from a tight angle, netting her fourth goal in two league games.
That saw Durham end the first half in the ascendancy and they continued to apply all the pressure after the interval.
The impressive Bentley denied Hardy a second from distance with a fingertip stop, while substitute Saoirse Noonan also came close from range.
And Bentley kept her side in the game ten minutes from time as she kept out Beth Hepple’s penalty after Clarke was felled in the box.
Chances kept flowing for Durham with Noonan firing narrowly wide on the volley and Farrugia sending a strike agonisingly past the post in the dying seconds.
Bristol did have their chances – Chloe Bull side-footing wide from 20 yards – but there was no late drama as the spoils were shared.


Durham W vs Bristol City W

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Date Time League Season Full Time
December 4, 2022 12:00 pm BWC 2022_2023 90'


Maiden Castle, Durham
City of Durham, County Durham, North East England, England, DH1 3SE, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Durham W101Draw
Bristol City W101Draw

Durham W

1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
2Georgia Robert Defender
4Mollie Lambert 20 Midfielder
6Sarah Robson Midfielder
7Beth Hepple Midfielder
8Maria Farrugia 12 Forward
10Rio Hardy 11 Forward 32'
11Bridget Galloway 10 Forward
12Lily Crosthwaite 8 Forward
14Becky Salicki Defender
15Dee Bradley Defender
16Ellie Christon Defender
17Hannah Greenwood Defender
18Grace Ayre Defender
20Saoirse Noonan 4 Forward
23Jess Clarke Midfielder
37Liz Ejupi Forward