Laura Gosse (15', 35', 69') with a hat-trick, and Taylor Potts (11', 90') with a brace, led the way as Durham United FA's experienced core returned to down Unionville Milliken SC 7-1 on Matchweek 18.
"We had a lot of our younger players play for us mid-week and now we have some of the experienced core and the job was to get three points. We came out, the girls did what we asked them to do, and we got the job done."
Geneva Winterink (8') opened the scoring for Durham, while teammate Natalie Volpini (58') chipped in a single. Unionville's Taliyah Walker (88') scored the lone goal for the visitors.
"You look to keep the emotion out of it and just train and develop because as a young side that is what it is all about for these players in particular," said Unionville assistant coach, Glenn Faulknor.
"Results are not really the thing and a lot of these girls can see what the league is about, and the type of passion that they have to have and the work they have to do to be successful here."
Unionville started the season brightly, winning seven of eight matches to start the season and topping the table until mid-July. However, the team has struggled in the transition phase of the season, winning only one game in eight outings, and Faulknor says the organization will reevaluate their approach in the winter and pre-season period.
"Definitely I think next year we will have to work the younger players in earlier, and it is something we are going to have to do this winter as far as planning goes," he said.
"We do need to see if we can work the kids in earlier, maybe pick up some older players too, that type of thing. Preparation is the key. Live and learn."
Durham United FA will next play Toronto Blizzard on August 30 at Kinsmen Park, Pickering.
Unionville Milliken SC will next play Darby FC on September 15 at Bill Crothers Turf, Unionville.