Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Find Form in Crucial Home Win

Derby County Ladies returned to form to sneak a 1-0 win against Fylde Ladies in the FA Northern Premier Division at Mickleover Sports to maintain hopes of a top 4 finish this season.

Lauren Cresswell scored the only goal just after the hour, in a game which the Ewe Rams controlled for large periods but had to settle for the solitary goal.

Manager John Bennett brought defender Kelly Kennaugh back into the starting line-up after illness last week, whilst moving Shannon Weston back into her preferred midfield spot and Nikki Ledgister dropping to the bench.

The Ewes were lively from the start of the match with Andi Bell working hard from the front to create the space down the channels. In a feisty encounter that produced 5 yellow cards, the first cam on just 15 minutes as Camilla Newton was hacked down for the home side.

Bell went close moments later after the striker out-sprinted the Fylde defence, forcing a good save from Fylde goalkeeper Rachel Derbyshire. The visitors looked to settle and began to get more of a foothold in the game, but as has been missing in previous weeks, Derby also found an extra gear and began to re-assert control of the game.

A long range effort from Cresswell wasn’t too far over and only a last ditch tackle stopped Amy Sims unleashing a shot on goal as the tie went into the break at 0-0 but with the home side on top.

After the break, the home side went in search of the all important goal with Molly Johnson’s shot narrowly wide, whilst Andi Bell had a goal ruled out for offside.

With Johnson causing problems on the left and winning a corner, the Ewe Rams made it count when the ball dropped into the 6-yard box with Cresswell on hand to poke the ball home for a deserved lead. 

Immediately the Ewe Rams found themselves under pressure from the visitors as they went in search of an equaliser and only the post saved the home side after a deflected free-kick wrong-footed goalkeeper Sarah Morgan.

That was as good as it got for the visitors as the Ewe Rams began to assert control again and should have added a second only for the referee to adjudge skipper Hannah Ward to have fouled Hannah Mitchell after nipping in ahead of the defender and her goalkeeper after indecisiveness in the box.

The final few minutes saw the home side shut out any danger to take a deserved three points and leave Manager John Bennett delighted.

“We got what we deserved today, we went out there and became a 90 minute team once again. We battled and had further chances to add more and I didn’t really feel worried about conceding today, we were on our game from the start.

“We’ve won the battle in midfield and worked our socks off and i’m delighted for them. We’ve had much more intent and positivity around the squad this week and they have shown today that they are capable of beating anyone in this league when they click.

“We can look forward to next week and the challenge that league leaders Middlesbrough will bring to us and hopefully we can come away with something and push on for our best ever league position.”