The Palatinates have won 6 of their 7 league games so far – drawing the other - and are now 8 points clear of second-placed Nottingham, who have a game in hand.
Despite the icy conditions at Maiden Castle – which caused the Men’s 1st Team game against Nottingham to be postponed – Durham were on fire for the first-half, and had the game wrapped up before Leeds Met knew they’d arrived.
First, Cherry Seaborn flicked in a cross to give Durham the lead after just 2 minutes, and moments later Louisa Boddy
converted a penalty corner to make it 2-0.
As the home side continued to pile on the pressure the score stabilised for a brief period, with midfielder Anna Thompson unlucky to be denied by the post, but when Boddy and Libby
Sherriff each added to the tally from PCs, and Sam Smith
scored with a deft touch, Durham found themselves 5-0 up on the stroke of half-time.
Those spectators who had braved the biting cold were expecting a goal-fest to ensue in the second period, but a more dogged defensive performance from Leeds Met restricted the Palatinates to just two further goals.
Anna Thompson set up the impressive Elisa Philarmonica to score her first of the afternoon, before Steph Elliot
applied the composed finishing touch to a wonderful attacking move by the Palatinates, to bring her goal tally for Durham over the past three years up to a highly impressive ONE!
In truth it was a routine victory for Durham, who will look to take a giant leap towards securing the Premier North title with a home win over bottom side Leeds University