Durham and Sarah Wilson hoping to teach Chelsea a lesson in FA Cup

Promotion to WSL is the aim for a club formed five years ago but the FA Cup quarter-final is the biggest game in their history

In the course of her day job, Sarah Wilson drives the length and breadth of north-east England. Wilson’s assignments as a work-based learning tutor, helping young people apply technical and academic knowledge to apprenticeships, transport the Durham Women’s captain through some captivating locations. There are the sandy beaches sweeping south from Bamburgh and its castle, the Cheviot Hills, Weardale, Teesdale and Georgian Yarm. Surely the most enticing of all, though, is the city of Durham itself.

Wilson feels privileged to train in the shadow of the cathedral and castle but home games involve Lee Sanders’s Championship side travelling to the outskirts and the somewhat bleaker Belmont industrial estate, and New Ferens Park.

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