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Durham end losing run

Durham Women got their FA Women's Championship promotion campaign back on track with a 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

In one of only two games to go ahead in the division over the weekend, the Wildcats went into the match on the back of three straight league defeats and things started badly for them again, Ellie Leek giving Blackburn the lead with nine minutes on the clock. As half time approached, Abby Holmes fired Durham back on level terms and Holmes then netted her second in the opening minute of the second half. Becky Salicki vollyed in the third goal on the hour to put the seal on a result that moves Durham back into second place, two points behind leaders Liverpool albeit having played a game more.

The other match was a hugely important clash at the other end of the table, with Coventry Utd playing host to Watford with both teams looking to boost their chances of climbing out of the bottom two.

Emma Beckett curled home a free kick just after the half hour to put Watford in front, and things looked even bleaker for Coventry as they were reduced to ten players after the interval, Grace Riglar being sent off for a second bookable offence. United were to battle back though and with sixteen minutes remaining, Katie Wilkinson - who had scored twice when the teams had met six days earlier in the Vitality Women's FA Cup - kept up her recent good form by grabbing an equaliser and earning her side a 1-1 draw. The result means that Coventry stay above Watford on goal difference but both are four points away from safety.

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