Articles by: Mark Donnelly

  • Sarah Robson started 2017 in fine form (Picture: Susan Gutteridge)

    Robson returns to Durham duty – 8 weeks after giving birth

    December 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    While Durham Women’s Continental Cup campaign ended in defeat to Aston Villa, there was one big positive to take. The return of Sarah Robson. Her last outing for the Wildcats had come way back in February during an FA Cup clash with Everton, and Robson was delighted to get back in to […]

  • Durham Women v Everton

    Durham Women crash out of Continental Cup after five-goal thriller at Villa

    December 4, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Durham Women finished crashed out of the Continental Tyres Cup after losing 3-2 against Aston Villa. Jordan Atkinson had handed the Wildcats the lead after they dominated the early exchanges, but Natasha Baptiste forced home an equaliser before the break. Strikes from Ebony Salmon and Eizabeta Ejupi then sealed victory for the Villains […]

  • Steven Fletcher, Sunderland

    Memorable Meetings: Sunderland v Reading

    December 2, 2017 at 9:22 am

    If Sunderland need any motivation ahead of the visit of Reading, they need only look to their predecessors in the red and white shirt. With the Black Cats’ winless run at the Stadium of Light now stretching to twenty games, the visit of the Royals to Wearside gives Chris Coleman’s side the chance […]

  • Beth Hepple in action

    Hepple has faith in title-chasing Durham

    November 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Durham Women midfielder Beth Hepple claims she has “every belief” in her side as the Wildcats push for the FA Women’s Super League 2 title. After a strong start to the season, which has seen the North East side lose just one of their opening five league games, the Wildcats currently […]

  • Revealed! Which Sunderland Manager Has Enjoyed The Best Start?

    Revealed! Which Sunderland Manager Has Enjoyed The Best Start?

    November 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    It’s often said that a new manager sparks an uptake in form – but that hasn’t always been the case for Sunderland.  With Chris Coleman set to take over at the Stadium of Light, the Black Cats will be keen to get off to a good start under their new manager and […]

  • Sunderland's Jack Rodwell rues a missed chance during the Premier League match against Stoke. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

    Rock bottom and without a manager – what’s next for Sunderland?

    November 8, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Sunderland fans are desperate to find anything to make them smile at the moment. And they’ll have enjoyed some much-needed comic relief when the news filtered through on Tuesday morning that David Moyes was appointed West Ham United’s new manager. Yet when the laughs died down, reality hit the Black Cats’ […]

  • Beth Hepple in action

    Rearguard resilience earns Durham a point

    November 6, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    A fine rearguard display handed Durham Women a point against First Division Liverpool in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup. Liverpool’s squad full of internationals dominated throughout but failed to break down a stubborn Durham backline – although the Reds did gain a bonus point in the group courtesy of a penalty […]

  • Sarah Robson started 2017 in fine form (Picture: Susan Gutteridge)

    Meet the woman who scored three goals while pregnant – and is returning to training THREE weeks after giving birth

    November 2, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Some people think female footballers aren’t tough enough. Sarah Robson is making them think again – and is living proof that pregnancy isn’t the end of an athlete’s career. By Mark Donnelly A whisper went around the ground. There was a notable absence from Durham Women’s squad to face Sheffield […]

  • Durham Women v Everton

    Durham Women dominate at Sheffield

    October 30, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Durham Women picked up their first away win since February – and continued their fine start to the season – courtesy of a ruthless display at Sheffield FC Ladies. After a first-half that saw the Wildcats hit the woodwork on three occasions, Nicola Worthington struck shortly after the restart to […]

  • Rated! Sunderland’s Summer Transfer Business

    Rated! Sunderland’s Summer Transfer Business

    October 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    With the season now taking shape, how are the Black Cats’ summer signings stacking up so far? It was a fairly busy summer for Simon Grayson’s side as, while little was spent, ten new players came through the door at the Stadium of Light. Some have impressed, others have faltered […]