Former Sunderland Ladies star Sarah McFadden takes Durham Women to Oxford United Women

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Durham Women’s Sarah McFadden says her side are expecting a battle as they travel to Oxford United Women this weekend.

The defender, who has just returned from a spell on international duty with Northern Ireland, is keen to see the table-topping Wildcats keep up their good run of form.

It seems like ages since our last game so we’re looking forward to getting the campaign back underway

Sarah McFadden

In the month break since the last league game, McFadden represented Northern Ireland in their European Championships qualifier against Italy.

Despite almost two years out of the international setup due to injury, the defender is closing in on 50 caps and admitted she was glad to represent her county again.

She said: “It was great to be back again.

“A lot of things have changed since I was last there, but for the better.

“I was just happy to be involved after such a long time out.

“We played Italy who are one of the best teams in the world and we did really well, but their professionalism showed when some of our players tired.

“It was good and gives us something to build on.”

After an opening day victory over Sheffield FC Ladies, a 2-0 home win over London Bees saw Durham keep up their 100% start to the season which saw them climb to the summit of FA WSL 2.

And now she’s back in the North East, McFadden is hoping the Wildcats can pick up where they left off when they travel to Abingdon this weekend.

“It seems like ages since our last game so we’re looking forward to getting the campaign back underway,” she said.

“Hopefully we can maintain our good start in the next few games.”

The Wildcats resume their season against an Oxford side yet to pick up a point in the league.

But McFadden isn’t taking them lightly.

“Every game is a battle.

“There isn’t much difference between the teams in the league so it comes down to who wants it more on the day.

“We know Oxford are a good team and we’ll have to battle to beat them.”

A winter arrival from Sunderland Ladies, McFadden has become an integral part of the Durham side during her short time at New Ferens Park.

And she admits she is enjoying her football at her new club: “It’s been really good so far.

“It was a big decision to sign but now I’m here I don’t know why I wouldn’t have signed.

“We’re doing really well so long may it continue.”