Derby County Ladies Football Club

Derby County LFC v Huddersfield Town LFC



Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Derby County LFC000Loss
Huddersfield Town LFC011Win

Match Report

Ewe Rams Fall to Second Consecutive Defeat

Derby County Ladies suffered their second defeat in a row as they were comfortably beaten by Huddersfield Town Ladies.

After the loss to fierce rivals Nottingham Forest last weekend, Derby would have hoped that they would bounce back with a win against Huddersfield who also lost their previous game. However due to a lacklustre performance Derby were comfortably beaten by a confident looking Huddersfield side.

Derby made a good start to the game controlling the possession and looking the more side likely to open the scoring. The first chance of the game came after Nicole Ledgister made an excellent run from the halfway line into the penalty area and her cross into the box was met by Hannah Ward who saw her header saved by the goalkeeper.

The Ledgister-Ward combination looked increasingly dangerous and was causing problems for the Huddersfield defence as Ledgister set Ward up just outside of the penalty area and Ward’s curling shot went just wide of the goal.

Huddersfield struggled to assert themselves on the game early on but could have scored when a clever backheel from Hannah Campbell sent Annabelle Cass one on one but she could only shoot straight at the goalkeeper.

The best chance of the first half did come for Huddersfield when Chloe Hutsby misjudged a header for Derby which led to Kate Millan finding space inside the penalty area. She fired a powerful shot towards goal but Derby keeper Sarah Morgan had it covered and she smartly held onto the ball to prevent Huddersfield taking the lead. That was the last chance in what was a quiet first half with both teams not able to create many goal scoring opportunities.

The Terriers came out positively in the second half with some great work from forward Emily Heckler almost resulting in the opening goal, she beat a couple Derby defenders to the ball and let off a low drive which was saved by Morgan’s legs.

Huddersfield’s bright start to the second half payed off as they took the lead thanks to a smart finish from Heckler. Mallin played a big part in the goal as she took the ball past a Derby defender and nicely dinked the ball over the defence to set up the opening goal.

Heckler was a constant nuisance for the Derby defence as she almost doubled the lead for Huddersfield when she showed good pace to get herself into a one on one situation but Chloe Hutsby recovered well for the Ewes and blocked Heckler’s shot with a superb tackle.

Derby struggled to contain Huddersfield’s attack yet again the Terriers worked themselves into space within the penalty area and if it wasn’t for another Morgan save, Campbell would have made it two shortly after the first goal.

The Ewes applied pressure onto the Huddersfield goal in the closing stages but could not create a clear-cut chance to equalise. The Terriers were comfortable in defending Derby and were never really under a lot of danger in the second half.

The game ended in defeat for Derby and that means it’s two defeats in a row now following the loss to local rivals Nottingham Forest last weekend. Derby will be disappointed that they didn’t threaten Huddersfield in the second half and they never looked like they were going to equalise. One of the main positives for Derby was the performance of goalkeeper Sarah Morgan, thanks to her string of saves the score line stayed respectable.

Speaking after the game, returning manager John Bennett said that he was disappointed with his side’s second half performance and that the players must take some of the responsibility. He said: “I do think the players have to look at themselves now, that’s been two performances where they’ve been very sub-par and very average in my opinion because I know what these girls can do.”

Derby are at home again in their next game as they take on Leicester on Wednesday, the Ewes fans will be looking for an improvement in performances so that they don’t fall to a third defeat in a row.

Player of the match: Sarah Morgan


Date Time League Season
17th September 2017 2:00 pm FA Premier League Northern Division 2017/18


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Derby County LFC

# Player App Red Yel Sub Goals
1Sarah Morgan00000
6Amy Sims00000
8Georgia Hewitt00000
9Leanne De Silva00000
10Hannah Ward00000
12Chloe Hutsby00000
14Nikki Ledgister00000
15Molly Johnson00000
17Lisa Giampalma00000
19Camilla Newton00000
21Karagh Tait00000
22Kelly Kennaugh00000
23Andi Bell00000
25Sophia Bonser00000