Women’s football: Crystal Palace end 2019 with heavy defeat to Durham

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Crystal Palace could not finish off their 2019 on a happy note as they lost 4-1 at home to Durham in the FA Women’s Championship.

Beth Hepple scored a hat-trick for the Wildcats with Becky Salicki also on target.

Former Charlton forward Amber Stobbs (pictured), who signed for Palace earlier this month, scored in the 75th minute.

Stobbs said: “Knowing Durham have travelled a long way and we’re at home, we should have started better.

“There was a good reaction at half-time, the second-half was a different game for us. Sometimes if you don’t start a game right, you’re constantly playing catch-up.

“Mentally, we need to start on a better note.

“This is my first game here. I’ve been here for a few weeks and I’ve settled in well. It’s a great group. We’re all on the same page.

“The club is at a turning point. I was looking to start in January, but I’d rather have a game and then four weeks off. I feel at home.”

Charlton’s fixture at Lewes Women was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

To follow the action, buy tickets and sign-up for The FA Player’s live Barclays FA Women’s Super League coverage visit womenscompetitions.thefa.com

PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD


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