In a meeting between two teams with similar records – just one point separates the sides – it’s a game that depending on results elsewhere, could see Cestria top the table, or Feds climb as high as second place come Sunday afternoon.
Feds welcome newcomers Durham Cestria to Jericho Lane.
Feds experienced mixed fortunes in their opening few games: a loss to Leeds on the opening day of the season, followed by a narrow 1-0 win against Bradford in the Cup, and then a second league defeat hands of Brighouse in as many games found the Fed Army marching in the wrong direction.
However, it has been a bit of a resurgence for Leanne Duffy’s side over the last 10 days, with back-to-back wins over Stockport and Newcastle respectively – the latter a convincing 0-4 victory on the road – they now find themselves sitting more comfortably in 6th position, hoping to make it three wins in a row this Sunday.
Cestria back on the road following 0-5 win last time out.
After the disappointment of the opening day, Cestria has been in fine form; a victory in the FA Women’s National League Cup against Middlesbrough, followed by a draw against Bolton and back-to-back wins has seen them propel up the league table into 3rd place.
In their most recent outing, Durham Cestria were comfortable 0-5 winners against division strugglers Stockport County, two late first-half goals from Nelson and Purdham, followed by three late second-half goals from Robson, Ryan, and Crosthwaite secured victory on the road for the division newcomers.
By the numbers.
Feds: Carla Lee (3)
Cestria: Erin Nelson, Dannika Purdham (3)
Feds: 8 (ave. 2 per game)
Cestria: 13 (ave. 3.25 per game)
Goals first / second half:
Feds: 4 / 4
Cestria: 3 / 10
Feds: 0-4 (vs Newcastle)
Cestria: 6-1 (vs Newcastle)
Feds: 4 (ave. 1 per game)
Cestria: 4 (ave. 1 per game)
Biggest margin of defeat:
Feds: 1 goal
Cestria: 1 goal
Note: For/against and first/second half are league goals only.