Durham rue Royals’ surge

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DURHAM manager Andy Thorpe was left to rue a difficult half hour as Reading left it late to continue their FA Women’s Super League 2 surge at New Ferens Park yesterday.

For an hour, third-from-bottom Durham held out against third-top Reading, even if the visitors had rattled the woodwork on more than one occasion.

But Durham could not hold on and after substitute Cheryl Williams put Reading in front just after the hour mark, two goals in the final five minutes from the league’s top-scorer Fran Kirby completed the scoring at 3-0 as the Royals stretched their unbeaten league run to nine games.

However, Thorpe was adamant his side didn’t deserve to lose by three goals. “It wasn’t about us being poor,” he said. “We contained them for 60 minutes. We had a game plan and it worked for those 60 minutes.

“There were a few poor choices from a couple of our players, but give them respect, Reading are on a roll.

“But we’ve got to pick ourselves up. It was an improvement. I don’t think we deserved to be beaten by three goals. Two of the goals were preventable.

“We watched videos of Fran Kirby and I thought we contained her for a while. She could have been a bit more threatening up top, but then I think our concentration lapsed a few times.”

DURHAM: Moorhouse; Christon, King, Wilson, Dixon, Scott (Linsley 68), Hepple, Ness (Round 13), Jordinson, Hardy (Purfield 45), Atkinson. Subs not used: Hanratty, Bradley. Att: 173