Durham Women fell to defeat against promotion-chasing Charlton Athletic – but were unlucky not to gain at least a point.
Elisha N’Dow’s sixth-minute header was enough for the Addicks, who were indebted to stopper Jess Gray who made a string of fine saves in the second half to keep the Blues at bay.
Claire Ditchburn made just one change from the side that drew at Blackburn Rovers last time out – as Ella Wilson stepped into the starting line-up in place of Sarah Robson.
The first real chance of the game yielded the opening goal – a deep free-kick was headed back across goal for N’Dow to nod home from close range.
Durham rallied and started to create the clearer of the opportunities, with Lily Crosthwaite seeing a shot deflected narrowly wide before Amy Andrews was agonisingly close to turning home Mollie Lambert’s low cross.
Naoisha McAloon then had to hold a curler from Melissa Fillis and made an even finer stop moments before half-time as she thwarted Kirsty Barton after the Charlton attacker found herself one-on-one.
But while the second half began at a slow place, it was the hosts who began to turn the screw as the game wore on.
Kiera Skeels made a heroic block to stop Beth Hepple scoring after a sustained spell of Durham pressure before the midfielder saw a corner clawed onto the bar by Gray as it looked set to drop in at the back stick.
Lily Crosthwaite then saw an effort hacked off the line before Gray made another stunning stop in added time – denying Andrews to ensure the three points headed to London.



Date Time League Season Full Time
March 17, 2024 12:00 pm BWC 2023_24 90'


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


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Durham W000Draw
Charlton W101Draw

Durham W

1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
3Lauren Briggs Midfielder
4Olivia Bramley Defender
5Sarah Wilson 15 Defender
7Beth Hepple Midfielder
8Mollie Lambert Midfielder
9Amy Andrews Forward
12Lily Crosthwaite Forward
14Becky Salicki Defender
15Dee Bradley 5 Defender
18Grace Ayre Defender
19Ella Wilson 22 Defender
20Saoirse Noonan Forward
21Erin Nicholson Midfielder
22Eleanor Ryan-Doyle 19 Forward
30Tatiana Saunders Goalkeeper