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Report: Durham Women 0-0 Bristol City Women

An injury to Millie Farrow further dampened proceedings at New Ferens Park as Bristol City Women were held to a frustrating goalless draw against Durham Women.

The Chelsea loanee returned from a dislocated shoulder in April and suffered the same injury late in the second half in the North East.

City had started the game strongly and almost took the lead through Farrow in the 12th minute.

Chloe Arthur showed superb footwork on the right flank to deliver into the box for the 20-year-old, who caused keeper Helen Alderson to fumble but saw her effort cleared off the line by Sarah Wilson.

The game ebbed and flowed with chances coming after long spells of slow build-up play.

Durham’s Emily Roberts forced Vixens stopper Caitlin Leach to tip over before Wilson had to be at her best to twice deny City’s attack.

The defender made a vital interception to prevent Farrow from going through one-on-one then prevented Georgia Evans’ teasing cross being tapped in at the back post.

The Vixens enjoyed large amounts of possession and dictated the play but couldn’t break down a stubborn the home side's backline.

Durham introduced Natalie Gutteridge at half-time and she set up Roberts within a minute of the restart but the forward found Leach in good form once more.

Better was to come from the City goalkeeper as she acrobatically kept out Beth Hepple’s rifled shot with her fingertips.

Willie Kirk’s side were desperate to obtain three points to keep on Yeovil Town’s tail and looked certain to take the lead when Farrow raced up field, teed up Claire Emslie to shoot but the Scotland international was denied by a brilliant last-ditch block.

As the Vixens failed to breakdown Durham, they suffered a further setback as Farrow went down holding her shoulder.

In what seemed an innocuous tussle, the young forward backed into her opponent before falling to the ground in heaps of pain. 

Farrow was assisted off the pitch by Durham’s doctor who was brilliant in aiding the City player’s treatment and trip to the hospital.

A sad end to a match that sees City remain in second place in WSL2 having played two games more than the chasing pack.

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