Durham sit top of the WSL2 with a game in hand. Photos: Facebook, Susan Gutteridge and Craig McNair.

Durham Women climbed back to the top of FA WSL 2 with a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

Sarah Wilson headed home the only goal of the game after 18 minutes to hand her side the three points in  a game they dominated throughout.

The Wildcats came into the game off the back of their first defeat of the campaign, while their visitors were buoyant having picked up their maiden victory in the FA WSL.

But it was the hosts who started on top with Caroline Dixon flashing a volley past the post before Zoe Ness saw a shot well saved by Emma Byrne.

And Durham’s dominance paid dividends when Wilson met Beth Hepple’s floated corner with a powerful header that left Byrne with no chance.

Brighton had a chance to level moments later, but Katie Natkiel dragged her shot wide after being teed up by Alessia Russo.

Hepple thought she had extended Durham’s lead after the break but saw her volleyed effort cannon back off the crossbar after Zoe Ness had picked her out in the area.

Ness, Emily Roberts and Tyler Dodds all had late chances for the hosts but were unable to find a way past the impressive Byrne who managed to keep the score down.

The best chance of the final minutes fell to Nicola Gibson who drilled over the bar from close range with Byrne stranded after spilling a cross.

But one goal was enough for Durham, who returned to the top of FA WSL 2.


Durham: Laws, Johnson, Wilson, Hepple, Ness, Gears (Dodds), Gibson, Salicki, Christon, Roberts, Dixon

Subs Not Used: Borthwick, Briggs, Donald, Elliott, Greenwood, Atkinson