Ladies| Durham 4-0 Watford
Report by Tom Low
It was an afternoon to forget for the Hornets as they suffered a third straight defeat to a resurgent Durham side, who continued their fine-form at home with a 4-0 win.
Watford started off positively, with a great opportunity to take the lead with Merrick Will delivering a pin-point cross to the feet of Anneka Nuttall, calling the Durham keeper Helen Alderson into action.
Frances Kitching pulled off a stunning save to deny Durham the lead by forcing the ball onto the bar shortly after, in what was an even opening.
Durham continued to press the Golden Girls though and struck the post twice in quick succession.
Watford almost took the lead with a curling effort from Rinsola Babajide which cannoned off the post, and Nuttall tested Alderson with a well-struck free-kick.
However, it was Durham who took the lead just before half-time from a well delivered cross as the prolific Zoe Ness headed home.
Durham capitalised on their lead in the 54th minute, by adding a second goal. The ball was delivered into the box and flicked onto Abigail Cottam who slotted in past Kitching.
A third goal was then added ten minutes later, when Beth Hepple floated a ball into the area which found the far corner.
The scoring was complete shortly after as Durham added fourth goal, which was scrambled into the net by Kathryn Hill after the Hornets failed to clear the ball from a corner.
Watford fashioned a few half-chances through Babajide, but it was too little too late and it was Durham who deservedly collected all three points.
Assistant Manager Alberto Kurti said after full-time:
“It was another disappointing performance, I’ve run out of words to describe how we feel. For the first 35 minutes, we demonstrated the abilities that we have as a team, but again unfortunately a lack of concentration at the wrong moments has cost us.”
HORNETS: Kitching (GK), Neal, McCarthy, Jones, McKeag (Kerr, 45), Nuttall ©, Maple (Walkley, 70), Bragg, Petkova (Cudone, 63), Babajide, Will.
Subs not used: Baranowska (GK), Bell, Murray, Sargent.
DURHAM: Alderson (GK); Johnson (Lee, 45), Wilson (C), Hill; Dixon, Hepple (Worthington, 72), Roberts, Atkinson, Gears (Dalgliesh, 70); Ness, Cottam.
Subs not used: Borthwick, Christon, Briggs, Jordinson.