A 95th minute equaliser saw Durham Women claim a deserved point at Lewes.
Grace Riglar’s header had given the Rooks the lead but the Blues kept battling and drew level in stoppage time when Eleanor Ryan-Doyle’s cross deflected home off Ellie Hack.
Durham made two changes from the side that faced Manchester City as Tatiana Saunders and Poppy Pritchard came into the starting line-up.
And stopper Saunders was called into action early on to deny Maria Farrugia after she left fly from range.
After that early chance, the visitors grew into the game and began to create the better of the chances – Sarah Wilson sending a swerving shot just wide of the far post before Sarah Robson headed over from a corner.
Farrugia then came close again as she headed wide at the back post while Saoirse Noonan saw an effort held by Sophie Whitehouse as the two teams exchanged chances.
But the best opening of the first half fell to Durham and Beth Hepple, whose free-kick from 22 yards had Whitehouse beaten before coming back off the woodwork.
That meant the first half ended goalless, but Lewes took the lead just ten minutes after the restart – Riglar heading home from Lois Heuchan’s dinked cross.
Durham retaliated and almost levelled immediately when Hepple struck the post after a period of pressure.
The midfielder then saw a dangerous cross spilled by Whitehouse and gathered at the second attempt as the Blues continued to pour forward in search of a leveller.
But just when it looked like that equaliser wouldn’t come – Durham struck.
After a slick passage of play, Hepple threaded in substitute Ryan-Doyle whose dangerous cross was diverted home by Hack – ensuring the visitors earned a deserved share of the spoils.



Date Time League Season Full Time
January 21, 2024 12:00 pm BWC 2023_24 90'


The Dripping Pan
Mountfield Road, Southover, Lewes, East Sussex, South East England, England, BN7 2XA, United Kingdom


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Lewes W011Draw
Durham W011Draw

Durham W

1Naoisha McAloon Goalkeeper
3Lauren Briggs Midfielder
5Sarah Wilson Defender
6Sarah Robson Midfielder 45'
7Beth Hepple Midfielder
8Mollie Lambert 22 Midfielder
9Amy Andrews 17 Forward
12Lily Crosthwaite Forward
14Becky Salicki Defender 92'
15Dee Bradley Defender
17Poppy Pritchard 9 Forward
18Grace Ayre Defender
19Ella Wilson Defender
20Saoirse Noonan Forward
22Eleanor Ryan-Doyle 8 Forward
30Tatiana Saunders Goalkeeper