Students up for the fight

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DURHAM University firsts’ promotion push faltered again, with a fourth successive game without a win ending their year on a low note.

Sophie Clough’s side led the Investec Women’s League’s Conference North table with 19 points from their first seven games, but the students have picked up just two points in the last four to fall six points off the pace, now set by Wakefield.

Durham, though, could take heart from their impressive fightback after going two goals down at Brooklands Poynton in the first five minutes last weekend, with Lindsay Rachubka and Annabelle Watton on target for the hosts, who started the day in top spot.

Natasha Nichols steadied Durham with a seventh-minute penalty corner, then Alice Toynton levelled it up in the 16th minute, from another penalty corner.

Durham are not back in action until mid-table Whitley Bay and Tynemouth visit Maiden Castle on February 8.

H Sunderland Broom succumbed 8-0 at home to Alnwick to make it eight games without a point for the Wearsiders in the North League’s Division Two North East.

Steph Edmundson’s side visit mid-table Stockton Roseberry on Saturday (2pm).