Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Slump Continues with Bradford Loss

Derby County Ladies slumped to a third consecutive defeat with a 1-0 home loss to Bradford City Women at Derby University to leave Ewe Rams Manager John Bennett a loss for his side’s poor form.

A goal mouth scramble on 20 minutes saw the Bantams Laura Elford poke the ball home to get the only goal of the game, and though Lauren Cresswell and Hannah Ward both had efforts rattle the bar, the Ewe Rams were unable to break down the visitors defence.

Bennett said “I’m disappointed with the result, the girls couldn’t have put in anymore effort and it wasn’t for a lack of trying. We didn’t have the creativity or a bit of magic in the final third and I thought we were unlucky, particularly in the second-half.

“Sometime you need a bit of luck and we didn’t get any today, I thought we made the wring choices on our set-pieces at times and we need to be a bit more direct and hit the targets and I think its just the margins that we need to tweak a little bit.

“It’s a really sloppy goal that has decided the game and on the balance of play a draw would have been the right result but that’s not to take anything away from Bradford, they’ve come here and set their stall out and they’ve gone away with the points.”

The home side started the brightest, looking to put the past two results to the back of their minds, piling the pressure on the Bantams back line. With all their early endeavour, the Ewe Rams failed to create any clear-cut chances and the visitors began to grow into the game.

The only goal of the game came in the 20th minute as a ball into the box wasn’t cleared by the Ewe Rams defence and Elford pounced to poke home and give the visitors the lead.

That goal settled the early nerves of Bradford and they began to assert control as the half wore on but both defences were keeping the attack-minded chances to a minumum going into the break.

Looking to get back into the game, the hosts were on top from the start of the second-half and an early free-kick saw Cresswell strike the bar from 30-yards. 

Further chances came with Nikki Ledgister a constant thorn in the side for Bradford and substitue Andi Bell going close with a shot, bringing a good save from the Bantams goalkeeper.

As the clock wound down, Ward went close on the right, with a powerful shot striking the corner of the bar/post before it was hacked clear, leaving the Ewe Rams bemoaning a third straight defeat.