Bridget Galloway’s fifth goal of the season was enough to secure victory for Durham Women against a resilient London Bees. The striker pounced shortly after half-time to hand the Wildcats a much-needed victory. Lee Sanders made one change from the side that won at Crystal Palace last weekend as Ellie Christon replaced the suspended Sarah Robson. And Durham began brightly, with Danielle Brown’s low cross just evading Emily Roberts and Beth Hepple with only seconds on the clock. But it was Bees who had the first real chance of the game – Nicola Gibson seeing an effort come back off the crossbar before the rebound was hacked off the line by Mollie Lambert.
Megan Borthwick then had to be alert to come and smother a long ball ahead of Brooke Nunn, before Sarah Wilson slid in to deny Amelia Hazard a shooting opportunity.
Durham’s first real chance came via a Kathryn Hill effort from range as they struggled to really get going in the first-half.
But the hosts could have taken the lead before the break after a slick move saw Roberts find some space – only to see her effort tipped over by Sarah Quantrill.
That was the Bees’ stoppers first save of the afternoon, but she’d be forced to pick the ball out the net just six minutes after the restart.
It was Galloway who applied the finish, turning home from close range after good work from Brown and Lauren Briggs on the right flank.
The opening goal buoyed Durham, and Roberts was again denied by Quantrill after a good shot on the spin.
Hepple then sent a free-kick over before Brown – who enjoyed a sparking second half – saw her cut-back fired over by Mollie Lambert.
The Wildcats had to defend late on and put their bodies on their line as Bees applied some pressure, but Megan Borthwick was relatively untested in the second period.
And thanks to some fine rearguard action, Durham saw out a crucial three points on home soil.


Durham W vs London Bees


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Date Time League Season Full Time
January 24, 2021 12:00 pm Women's Championship 2020_2021 0'


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


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Durham W011Win
London Bees000Loss

Durham W

2Kathryn Hill 24 Defender
3Lauren Briggs Midfielder
4Mollie Lambert 96 Midfielder
5Sarah Wilson Defender
7Beth Hepple Midfielder
11Bridget Galloway 8 Forward
12Lily Crosthwaite Forward
13Megan Borthwick Goalkeeper
14Becky Salicki Defender
15Dee Bradley 18 Defender
16Ellie Christon Defender
17Emily Roberts 9 Forward
18Danielle Brown 15 Forward
20Grace Ayre Defender
21Hannah Greenwood Defender
1Hannah Reid Goalkeeper
8Molly Sharpe 11 Forward
9Nicki Gears 17 Forward
24Abby Holmes 2 Defender
96Rachel Lee 4 Midfielder