Derby County Ladies Football Club

Main Stand Banter Blog

Main Stand Banter Blog - By Nigel Wright

Our first “New” Blog will be from a fans perspective as Nigel Wright will be tackling everything about Derby County Ladies on a regular basis, giving his thoughts on where the club has come from, its current guise and where we want to be.

To some of you, Nigel is known as the Club Announcer, and at every home match you will no doubt here him perform chants on the terrace for the Derby County Players.

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After another excellent victory away to Stoke City in our first game of the season matching last season's League Cup extra time victory and the amazing 4-3 home come back.victory I thought i'd reflect on the good start to the season.

What was impressive to me was the 6 starters who were making their debuts with a seventh coming off the bench. Two of the starters opened their goalscoring accounts whilst Nikki Ledgister got her silver goal and a well deserved Player of the Match Award.

Even though we fell behind in the tenth minute, it was an even start and I was hopeful of a comeback and even as Stoke were gaining strength and threatening to take control, Nikki didn't give up on a punt forwards heading for a goal kick and it was a testament to how much desire she has to chase down lost causes.

Having robbed the defender shielding it and played it back and setting up the goal for Andi Bell, It was brilliant to see the former Forest player making an immediate impact. When Nikki grabbed two before half time and are other new star at the back from Forest, Kelly Kennaugh headed in the fourth it was game over and I was very proud of them and smiles on the way back down the A50.

Getting all the new players autographs - Love the pink shirt! -             Thanks Aaron Kitchen for the photo,

 

The last time we lost an opening game was in 2012 when we went up to Preston North End and Hannah Ward and Michelle Kilmartin's goals weren't enough as Preston won 3-2 so it was great to see our unbeaten opening day run continue, hopefully next year it will be in the WSL.

This week saw us in the League Cup and a visit from Rotherham United. I remember a few years back how they were one of our promotion rivals and it seemed we'd be meeting often but for a couple of years now we've moved forward whilst they haven't as much but I still remember how we had a hard fought 4-2 win over them in the FA Cup back in the day.

Last time we played was another League Cup group stage tie in February 2012 away. In the league that year we had already beaten them 3-1 away and drawn 2-2 at home. Since promotion the League Cup hasn't been as good to us as in our days in the Midland and East Midlands time and we went down 5-3 although we managed to scrape through to the knock out stage courtesy of a resounding victory over Leicester City Women only to go out in the first round.

Well last Sunday we romped to an excellent 7-0 win and it was another fantastic performance and could have been more. Putting my football hat on, it was pleasing to see that despite the score, Rotherham plugged away until the end!

We of course were playing at Derby University as our Mickleover Ground was not available and so no tannoy for me to announce are players but I used my loud voice to announce the teams the best I could but I must say i'm rally looking forward to getting back to Micklover in a couple of weeks.

This week, it's a trip to our big rivals up the A52 and to a new look Nottingham Forest side. We've had a few of their former players come across to us and they've been brilliant. I know they will relish going back and seeing old friends. It's part of the women's game and I know i enjoy seeing our former players when they play against us. They might not be with us now but I appreciate the time they spent at my club.

Now I like giving predictions so just before I sign off, I'm going to say it will be another win for the Ewe Rams and i'm going for a 3-1 win.

All the best to manager John Bennett in his recovery, can't wait to see you back in the dug out.

Hope to see you all at the game on Sunday, come and say hello, would love to meet as many of you as possible.

COME ON EWE RAMS!!

Nigel Wright