Derby County Ladies Football Club

Late Strike Salvages Point for Ewe Rams

A late equaliser from Andi Bell salvaged a point for the Ewe Rams in a 2-2 draw with Guiseley Vixens in the FA Premier League Northern Division at Derby University.

The home side had taken a 1-0 lead into the break but were pegged back by the visitors, who then pounced on an error in defence to take the lead. With the clock ticking down, Bell got her second of the game to leave Manager John Bennett frustrated once again.

Bennett said “We’ve had our chances today and we’ve not took them and once again we’ve given confidence to the other team and they have grasped it. We are thankful to Andi today as she has got us out of jail but we can’t always rely on her.

“We need to be ruthless and not allow teams to have a sniff against us. For the most part, we have dominated in both possession and chances and we’ve had to rely on a last minute goal to even get a point.

“Credit to Guiseley, they’ve come here and kept themselves in the game and in the end, they will feel aggrieved that they haven’t got the win. We’ve got to sort this out quickly because we are improving in our performances but not putting everything together at once and it is costing us dear.”

With both central defenders Kelly Kennaugh and Chloe Hutsby unavailable, there was a make-shift back pairing of Shannon Weston and Karagh Tait, whilst Danni Oxley was on the bench for the home side.

The Ewe Rams started brightly with Bell and Sims going close with shots just wide of the post, though they were wary of the threat of the visitors who had two decent chances that were well saved by goalkeeper Sarah Morgan.

Skipper Hannah Ward had an effort cleared off the line before Bell opened the scoring after the Vixens failed to clear their lines, allowing the veteran striker to bury the ball into the back of the net to give the Ewe Rams a 1-0 lead that they took into the break.

Shortly after the break, a Ward shot was dragged wide and they were made to pay moments later when Fiona Worts found space in the box to curl her shot beyond Morgan for the equaliser.

Both sides had chances to take the lead once again with Lauren Cresswell going close for Derby, before the home side were dealt a sucker punch when a mix-up in defence allowed substitute Debbi Hastings to race clear, before rounding Morgan to slot home.

With their backs against the wall, the home side went in search of an equaliser and they got their rewards with a 93rd minute leveller from Bell after good work down the right saw an Amy Sims cross turned home with almost the last kick of the game.

The Ewe Rams return to action next week with a home clash with Fylde Women on the 18th February, kick-off 2pm.