Durham delight as Hornets are stung

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DURHAM Women manager Andy Thorpe is looking to push his side as high up the FA Women’s Super League 2 table as possible following an impressive 3-0 win at Watford.

The Wildcats went into the match in eighth place but have now won their last two games with Jordan Atkinson’s blockbuster providing the pick of the goals in Berkhamsted.

And Thorpe said: “We worked really hard across the back four, the midfield and up to the strikers and everyone was putting a solid performance in.

“You can see now that we are becoming a team that people need to start noticing and we’re going to try and push as much as we can until the end of the season and get as high as we can.

“We had a number of chances in the first half and we went into half-time saying that we needed to start putting them away.

“I’m sure if you asked Jordan she’ll tell you it was a shot although we think it was a cross, but that’s just a bit of banter in the changing room!”

Durham went ahead when Zoe Ness played in Beth Hepple, who steadied herself before passing the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the area.

Durham goalkeeper Danielle Hill did brilliantly to preserve her side’s advantage when she somehow tipped away Chloe Gunn’s looping effort at full stretch.

Atkinson then put her side 2-0 ahead just after the hour mark with an amazing shot from all of 35 yards that flew over Lauren Davey and into the top corner.

There was further embarrassment for Watford in stoppage time as Jemma Purfield took advantage of a dreadful mix-up between Davey and Hollie Wride to notch Durham’s third.