Durham Women fell to a first home defeat of the season at the hands of Reading.
Second half goals from Freya Gregory and Amelia Ellwood handed the Royals victory in a game which had few clear-cut chances.
Buoyed by their win over London City Lionesses prior to the international break, Durham began brightly with the visitors twice having to make crucial interventions as Mollie Lambert threatened to break through on goal.
In a cagey first-half there were minimal chances, but the best feel to Reading as Josie Longhurst prodded wide after good work from Tia Primmer on the left.
Mollie Lambert and Saoirse Noonan then forced stopper Emily Orman into saves as the half wore on, but it was little surprise that the game was goalless at the interval.
The second half continued in a similar vein with minimal chances of note – until a moment of quality from Gregory just after the hour mark.
After picking up the ball on the left flank, the Aston Villa loanee cut inside before arrowing a fine strike into the top corner.
The hosts tried to retaliate with Becky Salicki heading wide from a corner and substitute Eleanor Ryan-Doyle firing over at the back post.
But it was still Reading creating the better of the chances and only a smart stop from Naoisha McAloon stopped Lulu Jarvis adding a second.
That reprieve was only temporary, however, as Ellwood’s low drive from range found the bottom corner in injury time to wrap-up the three points for Liam Gilbert’s side.



Date Time League Season Full Time
October 1, 2023 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 W000Loss
Reading W022Win

Durham W

1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
3Lauren Briggs 12 Midfielder
5Sarah Wilson Defender
6Sarah Robson 19 Midfielder
8Mollie Lambert Midfielder
9Amy Andrews Forward
12Lily Crosthwaite 3 Forward
14Becky Salicki Defender
15Dee Bradley Defender
17Poppy Pritchard 20 Forward
19Ella Wilson 6 Defender
20Saoirse Noonan 17 Forward
21Erin Nicholson Midfielder
22Eleanor Ryan-Doyle 23 Forward
23Jess Clarke 22 Midfielder
24Abby Holmes Defender
30Tatiana Saunders Goalkeeper