Sunderland Ladies make their long-awaited return to Eppleton on Sunday afternoon, clashing with Durham Women in the return of the River Wear derby (12pm).
The Lasses will face off with their table-topping North East neighbours in an effort to move within one point of the summit of the FA Women’s Championship.
For the first time in over a year, the Lasses return to their Hetton-based home stadium with a bumper crowd from both teams anticipated to be in attendance.
Mel Reay now has a squad of 20 to select from moving forward having completed the signing of RTC midfielder Grace Ede, who this week turned 16 and is currently away with the England Under-17 side.
The Lasses suffered their first defeat of the season last Sunday against Bristol City, going down 2-1 in torrential conditions despite Charlotte Potts’ late goal.
A real bright spark for the sixth-placed Black Cats has been the way the goals have been shared amongst the team, with each of the six competitive Sunderland strikes so far this season being scored by a different player.
Durham will undoubtedly be a tough opponent to face – Lee Sanders’ Wildcats have enjoyed a fruitful start to the campaign, leading the league table with four wins from five. Aside from their 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United to open September, Durham have beaten Watford, Charlton Athletic, Bristol City and most recently Lewes – conceding just one goal across the four victories.
A highly anticipated clash is promised at Eppleton this Sunday midday – click here and be sure to secure your ticket for the River Wear derby.