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MATCH PREVIEW | Millwall Lionesses v Durham

January 28, 2018

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A real clash of the titans is set to take center stage on Sunday...

 

Millwall host Durham where it is 2nd meets 3rd with Millwall 3 points clear of Durham but the opposition do still have a game in hand.

 

Doncaster Belles sit top of the league a point ahead of Millwall and 4 clear of Durham. Playing 7 just like Millwall. They host Brighton who's only defeat this season in the league was to Millwall.

 

Millwall take on Durham this Sunday before an FA cup encounter to FA WPL side Coventry United. So next week could see a few changes in the side as Lee Burch is likely to put together his strongest squad in for the test of Durham.

 

After international duty last weekend players have had a chance to re energize themselves ahead of the game. Ella Rutherford, Brionne Fowle and development striker Lucy Fitzgerald went away with the England U18's while Charlie Devlin and Rianna Dean went away with the U20's.

 

Millwall have yet to add to their squad this window or let anyone leave as it sets to be a rather quiet window this for the Lionesses. It's clear Lee has faith in his current squad who have gone 11 months unbeaten in the league to carry this tremendous form right through to the rest of the season.

 

Amber Gaylor will be looking to keep her position in the team after a goal last time out, Amber has seen her chances limited this season but with a goal against Spurs she leaves Lee Burch a tough decision to be made.

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

Millwall Lionesses 4 Spurs 1 (14th January 2018)

A sublime second half performance saw the Lionesses run away with it in the end. The opening goal from Amber Gaylor gave the Lionesses the lead at the break. Spurs drew level but a brace from Charlie Devlin and another from Megan Wynne sent Millwall second in the league.

 

Oxford United 2 Durham 4 (7th January 2018)

A match full of goals saw the hosts take the lead in the 11th minute only for Durham to score 10 minutes later. Both teams are usually quite compact at the back but the second half saw Oxford concede two in the space of 6 minutes giving Durham a 3-1 lead. Both teams then went onto score in the final 2 minutes of the match and Durham claimed another 3 points.

 

LAST MEETING

 

Durham 1 Millwall Lionesses 0 (12 February 2017)

The opening game of the spring series ended in defeat for the Lionesses after Ashlee Hincks was ruled offside which seemed harsh baring in mind the striker was at least a yard onside! Durham then took the lead from a corner when Sarah McFadden rose highest before a confusion in the box saw the ball come off Lionesses midfielder Bonnie Horwood and into the net.

 

VIEW FROM THE OPPOSITION

 

Its time to have a look inside the opposition camp where John Middleton who commentates for Durham hospitals Radio covering the games via www.dhradio.org.uk. His twitter @JADmiddy

 

What's your take on the team so far?

We've carried on our form in the spring series into this season with a strong defensive display and some great goals. We have an increasingly strong squad with new signings and players coming back from injury. If we continue in the same vein, we're looking at a successful season.

 

Who are Durham's best players?

A very difficult question! The best way to answer it is to say Durham win, lose or draw as a team. The spirit is good and they always play for each other.

 

Who is your favourite player?

Being the impartial commentator that I am... my daughter wants to be a goalie like Helen "Aldo" Alderson, while my son wants to score goals like Beth Hepple.

 

Why do you support Durham WFC?

They are my local team! I am a Newcastle United supporter too and my son, when 3, wanted to see football one Sunday so I took him along to a league cup tie at Durham and we've been going ever since. It is a great family club and has continued to grow  and improve year on year. We, as a family, love being there and everyone receives a warm welcome.

 

Who will Durham fear in the Millwall team?

We've shown this season, particularly against WSL 1 opposition, that there is no fear. I know that Lee Sanders and the coaches will have done their homework. "Prepared and respecting" would be a better description rather than fearing. Millwall are right up there with us this year and it promises to be an exciting game and it wont be easy for either side.

 

Score prediction?

Our away form has been good this season and I of course hope for an away win, but it will be tight. A 1-1 draw or a 1-2 win for Durham.

 

So there it is, What's your prediction, Can the Lionesses claim 3 points today which could, if results go their way send them top of the league? Or will Durham upset the Lionesses and put them closer to the top?

 

Get yourself down to St.Pauls ground for 12PM you don't want to miss out!

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