WE CAN GIVE MAN UTD ON ELL OF A BAT­TLE!

CHRIS­TON REL­ISH­ING CHANCE TO TAKE ON BIG SPENDERS IN FRONT OF BIG CROWD

Sunderland Echo - - Sport - By Mark Don­nelly mark.don­[email protected]­me­dia.co.uk @mark­don­nel­ly_

Ellie Chris­ton claims that Durham Women will be full of con­fi­dence when they wel­come big-spend­ing Manch­ester United to­mor­row.

The Wild­cats, who have lost just once this cam­paign, wel­come the Red Devils to New Ferens Park in a 12pm kick-off.

The clash could prove key in the chase for the FA Women’s Cham­pi­onship ti­tle, with both sides eye­ing top spot over the fes­tive pe­riod.

Manch­ester United, who only joined the league this sea­son, are the only fully pro­fes­sional side in the Cham­pi­onship and have a squad packed with in­ter­na­tional pedi­gree - in­clud­ing Eng­land reg­u­lars Alex Green­wood and Siob­han Cham­ber­lain.

Man­aged by for­mer Eng­land star Casey Stoney, the side are yet to lose in the sec­ond tier and sit top of the league with a game in hand.

But Durham are the only side to take points off the league new­com­ers this sea­son - a goal­less draw at United in Septem­ber - and Chris­ton be­lieves that this prior form means they have noth­ing to fear this week­end.

“We’ve worked re­ally hard on the train­ing ground and it’s given us con­fi­dence for Sun­day,” she said.

“We have real be­lief that we can go and take three points.

“The top of the ta­ble is up for grabs so we just need to ap­ply our­selves.

“We proved that we can hold our own and we can’t go in there holding back.

“We need to go at them and get the three points hope­fully.”

Durham will be boosted by the re­turn of Becky Sal­icki from sus­pen­sion while goal­keeper Han­nah Reid could also make a come­back from in­jury. But doubts per­sist over Zoe Ness, who was with­drawn dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Con­ti­nen­tal Cup out­ing at Manch­ester United, who won a tight game 1-0 thanks to an early goal. The Wild­cats are ex­pect­ing a near-record crowd for the visit of United, with tick­ets avail­able on the gate.

Mean­while, third-tier Sun­der­land are away to Black­burn Rovers in the third round of the FA WNL Cup.

Ellie Chris­ton

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