Leicester City Women Football Club

Durham Women v Leicester City

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Recap

Leicester City Women returned to winning ways with a resolute performance away to Durham where two early goals earned them all three points and their first clean sheet since September.

Having scored ten goals in their past two matches, Durham headed into the game in good form and striker Zoe Ness was first to test Demi Lambourne with an effort from the edge of the area just after the three minute mark. Lambourne was equal to the save, diving away to her left hand side before coming out to claim a simple catch from the resulting corner.

The Foxes looked upbeat in the opening half-hour with probing runs in behind the Durham defence and it was Leigh Dugmore who was on hand to capitalise on a defensive error before laying the ball back to Ella Franklin-Fraiture who’s point perfect cross found Nicole Nymoen in plenty of space with the simple task of volleying the ball into the bottom corner to give the visitors an early lead.

Jonathan Morgan’s side continued to press after taking the lead and were rewarded ten minutes later when the ball broke from a Foxes free-kick and found Serena Fletcher on the edge of the area, the youngster tried her luck from distance and the resulting shot nestled nicely into the bottom right-hand corner to double the visitors lead.

Having been stunned in the opening twenty minutes Durham looked for a way back into the game, Ness again tried her luck from distance but was thwarted once more by Demi Lambourne, before Sarah Jackson was on hand for Leicester City to provide a crucial last ditch block after Lambourne had palmed away a dangerous cross.

In the second half, Durham continued to push the Foxes defence. Lambourne was again on hand to turn away a dangerous cross before Beth Hepple, Emily Roberts and Ness were all denied by a string of last ditch tackles between the City defenders.

With just under twenty minutes to play, the home side were awarded a penalty after Ella Franklin-Fraiture was adjudged to have fouled just inside the penalty area, Durham failed to capitalise on a way back into the game with Lambourne again making another fine save to preserve the clean sheet.

At the other end, substitutes Melissa Johnson and debutant Libby Smith combined well to give Johnson a sight of goal but goalkeeper Hannah Reid was equal to the chance for the hosts.

Despite the extra pressure as the game wore on, the Foxes were able to hold on to record their first win in three matches and pick up a vital three points against a side previously unbeaten in the Championship.

DURHAM: Reid, Christon, Robson (Hill ’75), Sallicki, Holmes (Wilson ’75), Lee, Robertson, Gears, Hepple, Roberts, Ness
SUBS NOT USED: Borthwick, Ryan

CITY: Lambourne, Franklin-Fraiture, Morgan, N Johnson, Jackson, Nymoen, Fletcher (Moncaster ’89), Domingo, Dugmore, Axten (M Johnson ’72), Greengrass (Smith ’67)
SUBS NOT USED: S Clarke, Brown, Hudson
GOALS: Nymoen ‘6, Fletcher ’18

Who impressed?

For the second match in a row, City goalkeeper Demi Lambourne produced a number of key saves to keep the Foxes in the match, including saving a penalty late in the second half. The shot-stopper was called upon a number of times especially in the second half, but, along with the City back line, Lambourne made a string of blocks to preserve the clean sheet and help earn three vital points.

Where do we stand?

The Foxes remain in fifth place following the 2-0 victory over Durham, but Charlton’s victory over Crystal Palace means the gap to the top four remains. Victories over the weekend for both Sheffield United and London Bees mean they’re both hot on the heels of the Foxes in pursuit of the top four.

Where next?

Jonathan Morgan’s side face another top four side next Sunday as Charlton Athletic visit Farley Way Stadium. Riteesh Mishra’s side picked up a late 2-1 win against Crystal Palace yesterday to build on a solid start to life in the Championship, whilst still maintaining their 100% winning start to the season at home, Charlton have won just once on the road so far this season.

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Details

Date Time League Season Attendance
25/11/18 12:00 FA Women's Championship 2018 - 2019 278

Venue

New Ferens Park
A690, Durham DH1, UK

Results

TeamGoals
Durham Women0
Leicester City2

Leicester City

Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
Demi LambourneGoalkeeper001 (69')0
Ella Franklin-FraitureDefender01 (6')00
Holly MorganDefender0000
Nat JohnsonMidfielder01 (18')00
Sarah JacksonDefender0000
Nicole NymeonMidfielder1 (6')000
Charlotte Greengrass 26Defender0000
Serena Fletcher 24Defender1 (18')000
Sophie DomingoForward0000
Rosie Axten 9Forward0000
Leigh DugmoreForward0000
Melissa Johnson 10Forward0000
Rachel BrownDefender0000
Natasha HudsonMidfielder0000
Mai Moncaster 22Midfielder0000
Libby Smith 6Forward0000
Serena ClarkeGoalkeeper0000