Durham Women sealed a crucial win over Sheffield United in the most dramatic of circumstances.
After a cagey game with few clear-cut chances, Jess Clarke netted in the final minute of normal time to secure three points for the hosts.
It continues a promising run of form for the Wildcats, who are now unbeaten in three in all competitions having kept a trio of clean sheets in the process.
Durham made just once change from the side who beat Crystal Palace in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup as Georgia Robert replaced Becky Salicki.
And the hosts had to do their share of defending early on, with Sarah Robson doing well to intercept a dangerous cross from Mia Enderby while Rhema Lord-Mears sent a free-kick narrowly over.
The Wildcats grew into the game and came close to an opener when Grace Ayre saw an ambitious effort from 30 yards tipped over by Blades keeper Fran Stenson.
Chene Muir – introduced for the injury Enderby – then threatened for Sheffield with a shot that warmed the palms of Naoisha McAloon, before the lively Georgia Walters fired narrowly over from inside the area.
Durham introduced Dee Bradley at half-time in a bid to gain a foothold in the game and they showed much more attacking intent.
Mollie Lambert came agonisingly close to opening the scoring after seeing her curling strike come back off the post, while substitute Bridget Galloway saw an effort hacked off the line after a scramble in the box.
There was almost a dream debut for WSL Academy player Poppy Pritchard who, having been introduced from the bench, found herself through on goal before firing narrowly wide.
It was Durham asking all the questions as the game ticked into its final minutes, and with only seconds of normal time remaining a moment of quality won them the game.
Robert’s cross-field pass was begging for a touch, and Clarke obliged at the back post to send players, staff and fans into raptures.
Durham W vs Sheffield Utd W
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|February 5, 2023||12:00 pm||BWC||2022_2023||90'|