Picture: Susan Gutteridge

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 action a lot quicker than anticipated.

And while her side fell to defeat, the ex-Sunderland midfielder was keen to see her side take the positives ahead of another game against the Villains this weekend.

Robson, a Northern Irish international, played 90 minutes in the 3-2 defeat to the Midlands club only EIGHT weeks after giving birth to her first daughter, Harper.

The midfielder had  already completed a full 90 minutes for her nation as she starred in their 3-1 win over Slovakia in World Cup qualifying.

Yet while her return to club action ended in a more negative result, Robson was able to look at the bigger picture.

She said: “It was great to be back in the changing room, and a lot quicker than what I thought as I was aiming for after Christmas.

“I know the result wasn’t the greatest but it’s another 90 minutes building up. It was good to be back in and around everybody.”

There were plenty of positives for Durham though, with a further two goals netted and some positive performances which Robson hopes her side can take in to the more important league action.

“They took the win but there are positives for us,” she admitted. “We played really well in the first half and even in the second half, once they had scored the third goal, we came back into it.”

She added: “At the end of the day, it’s all development for the league and we can move on as the cup is done and dusted now.

“It’s a pity we couldn’t have got a clean sheet but it’s nice that we’re scoring goals. We’re creating loads of chances which maybe in previous games we wouldn’t have created.”

Durham don’t have to wait long to seek revenge, with Villa visiting New Ferens Park this weekend in their final game of 2017.

And Robson admitted she was glad to have an immediate chance to put things right.

She said: “We’re looking forward to playing them again. It’s good that we don’t have to wait over Christmas or anything.

“Hopefully now that we’ve played we’ll know where we stand and where they stand. It’ll be a good game next week.”