Brighton & Hove Albion defender Laura Rafferty says the team will have a point to prove when they host Durham at Culver Road on Sunday, kick-off 12pm.
The Seagulls were narrowly beaten 1-0 by the Wildcats in the FA WSL Spring Series, and Rafferty is eager to erase the memory of that result this weekend.
She said, “The game was absolutely painful because there wasn’t much in it between either team - unfortunately it just wasn’t our day.
“It was probably the longest journey back I’ve ever had, so we’ll be looking to make amends on Sunday and hopefully get a win at Culver Road.
“Whatever team they put out, they’re very organised and very strong. We’ll do our research on them and see how we fit around that to make sure we win the game.
“To have a home game is great, and we always get such good crowds at Culver Road. We’ll be much more comfortable in our surroundings and our families will come, whereas when it’s further away, it’s harder for them to get to.”
The Northern Ireland international reflected on last week’s opening day victory away at Aston Villa, and highlighted how well the new signings have settled into Albion's new-look team.
“We did have a lot more chances and could’ve got a few more goals, but sometimes in football you have to grind out a few results and we did that last week.
“Villa are very hard to break down, are a good footballing side and gave us a good challenge. We want to keep improving from now on and make sure we get even better and keep winning.
“The new girls that arrived have done absolutely brilliantly. Coming into new facilities and meeting new people is not easy, but they have gelled well into the squad.
“They have given us what we were maybe missing in the Spring Series. Personally, I’ve got a new partner at centre back in Fern Whelan, who’s an exceptional player and I can learn from her experience. It’s really exciting times for us at Brighton.”
Albion host Durham at the Sussex County FA Headquarters - Culver Road - today, kick-off 12 noon.
Tickets for the game, on the gate, are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for 65+/under-16s.
We are also producing a matchday magazine for this game, priced at £2.