Match Preview: Durham v London Bees
London Bees will journey to the North-East as they take on Durham as Lee Burch’s side continue to challenge in the FA Women’s Championship.
Nickname: The Wildcats
Manager: Lee Sanders
Stadium: New Ferens Park
League Position: 4th
Durham Last 5: W3 D1 L1
London City 0-6 Durham
Durham Women 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers 1-3 Durham (Conti Cup)
Aston Villa 1-1 Durham
Durham 4-0 Coventry United (Conti Cup)
London Bees Last 5: W3 D0 L2
Bristol City 3-0 London Bees (Conti Cup)
London Bees 2-1 Lewes FC
London City 0-3 London Bees (Conti Cup)
London Bees 2-3 Crystal Palace
London Bees 0-0 Charlton Athletic (Conti Cup, London Bees won 4-2 on Penalties)
The Wildcats’ start to the season has certainly been a positive one which has seen them climb to 4th in the table and just three points behind league leaders Aston Villa.
In their last five fixtures, which have included two in the Conti Cup, have picked up three wins with one of them being a resounding 6-0 win over Championship highflyers London City.
The Gaffer: Lee Sanders
Lee Sanders occupies two roles within Durham, as general manager and first-team manager having founded the team in conjunction with Quentin Sloper in 2014. Sanders has previously spoken of the difficulties of competing with Premiership clubs on 10 percent of their budget but has seen steady growth in success for the club which now sees them pushing to reach the Women’s Super League.
One to Watch: Beth Hepple
Not only is Beth Hepple the Wildcats’ record appearance holder, but she has also accumulated the most goals for her club cementing herself well within the history books of the club which is still in its infancy. A midfielder, Hepple clearly has an eye for goal and will be sure to cause problems for Lee Burch’s side.