Durham go into the new year second in the FA Women’s Championship after coming from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers.
The Wildcats go within two points of leaders Liverpool from a game more, while Blackburn stay four points above the bottom two following the 3-1 defeat.
Rovers keeper Alex Brooks parried away a Mollie Lambert effort but it was the visitors who took a ninth-minute lead, Ellie Leek scoring despite some last-ditch defending.
Durham could have soon levelled when Bridget Galloway won a penalty but Beth Hepple’s spot-kick cam back off the post.
Dee Bradley did have the ball in the net for the Wildcats only for the flag to be raised for offside, Brooks turned away efforts from Danielle Brown and Sarah Robson, before Holmes ran half the length of the pitch to thump home the equaliser from 25 yards.
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Lambert hit the post before the interval but Holmes bundled Durham ahead straight after following a spill by Brooks.
Lauren Briggs saw her deflected shot nodded off the line by Helen Seed but from a Hepple corner Becky Salicki volleyed home.