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Durham Women 0 Yeovil Town 1 (Knapman 42)
Durham Women were beaten 1-0 by Yeovil Town Ladies in their penultimate home match of the season.
In a frustrating afternoon for the Wildcats, the visitors took all three points with a goal minutes before half time through Natasha Knapman.
The home side did well enough during the opening stages, weathering an early storm from the Lady Glovers, but never quite managing to create their own chances.
Yeovil's Sarah Wiltshire time and again got down the left hand side and tried to make things happen for the away team, her first attempt was dragged wide of Helen Alderson's goal, before captain Sarah Wilson blocked her second attempt minutes later.
Goalscorer Knapman had a chance after just ten minutes but shot straight at Alderson, whilst Wiltshire's header following a corner bounced off the back of Chloe Macek in defence and into the arms of the goalkeeper.
As the half wore on, Wiltshire had numerous of chances to open the scoring, with a curling effort going wide of the post, a shot-cum-cross just missed the goal and then she had the ball in the back of the net which was ruled out for offside - all in the space of around five minutes.
The goal came shortly afterwards, Natalie Haigh played in Knapman, who clipped the ball over the onrushing Alderson.
Durham started the second half on the front foot, Nicki Gears running down the left hand side and cutting the ball across the box, finding Natalie Gutteridge, but her sidefoot attempt went agonisingly wide, before Gears again found herself in a similar position, but her shot-cum-cross evaded the goal.
The hour mark saw Yeovil almost double their advantage, Stephanie Williams' long dipping half volley crashed on top of the bar with the goalkeeper beaten. Wiltshire was determined to score, this time she beat three defenders, created space, but shot straight at Alderson.
Minutes later, Gears dragged a shot across goal as the Wildcats looked for an equaliser, but as the game wore on, it looked more like Yeovil would score a second.
Knapman, Emily Donovan and Alys Hinchcliffe all had chances, but the best one game with a minute left, the latter's shot was superbly saved by Alderson.
Durham Women: Helen Alderson, Lauren Jordinson, Chloe Macek (sub Gaby Banks 45mins), Julie Nelson, Sarah Wilson, Rachel Lee, Beth Hepple, Natalie Gutteridge, Nicki Gears, Courtney Corrie (sub Meg Lawson 74mins), Jordan Atkinson (sub Amelia Pereira 59mins). Subs not used: Anna Moorhouse, Erin Kelley, Jess White.
Yeovil Town: Charlotte Haynes, Ellis Hillman, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston, Stephanie Williams, Shauna Cossens (sub Bow Jackson 63mins), Emily Donovan (sub Leah Burridge 89mins), Ann Marie Heatherson (sub Alys Hinchcliffe 78mins), Sarah Wiltshire, Natasha Knapman. Subs not used: Alice Evans.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
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