Derby County Ladies Football Club

Bradford City WFC v Derby County LFC

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Ewe Rams Back To Winning Ways With Victory Over Bradford City

By Alex Drury

Having finally relinquished their 100% start to the season with a home loss to reigning champions, West Bromwich Albion, Derby County Ladies returned to winning ways in the Women’s Premier League with a 3-1 win over Bradford City at the weekend.

The win sees Derby sit just one point off joint leaders Fylde Ladies and Blackburn Rovers as they continue to set their sights on promotion to the Women’s Super League.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges however Derby soon began to stamp their authority on the game, and took a deserved lead on 23 minutes when a flowing move firstly saw Hannah Ward play in Melissa Johnson on the right before she rounded the Bradford left back and sent a low cross into the path of Lauren Nicholls, who finished brilliantly into the bottom corner.

Derby keeper Sarah Morgan was called upon to make two excellent saves shortly afterwards, however Derby extended their lead on the half hour mark when playmaker Sam Griffiths beat the visiting keeper with an exquisite lob from 25 yards.

Just before half-time Johnson made it 3-0 with a lovely finish into the far bottom corner following a beautifully weighted diagonal pass from the impressive Ward.

The second half saw both sides create a number of chances with Lorna Abbey, Natalie Reay, Leanne Da Silva, Nicholls and Johnson all going close for Derby, however the visitors were the only ones to add to the score, with Campbell sliding the ball past Morgan fifteen minutes from time.

After the match manager, John Bennett reflected on a good performance and a positive reaction to the previous week’s loss.

“We talked to the group in training during the week about the importance of putting the Albion disappointment to bed as quickly as possible, and the players have provided exactly the reaction that I asked of them. We’ve enjoyed significant passages of play where we have controlled the game at the same time as digging in when we have needed to. Bradford have finished in the top five in each of the last four seasons, so have already completed the double over them this time round is a big positive “

Bennett’s side travel to Huddersfield Town this Sunday, with his side having an opportunity to complete a second double

of the season, despite it being less than two months in “ The fixtures have been a bit strange this season and we only recently defeated Huddersfield at our place in arguably our hardest game to date. My opposite number felt the 3-1 score line flattered us somewhat, so they will be eager to rectify that on the back of an excellent 5-2 victory at Nottingham Forest at the weekend. For our part we will be looking for the players to apply the same application and level of intensity that they have shown today, and if we achieve that then we have every chance of securing another positive result. “

Elsewhere the clubs development side moved to the top of Midland Division 1 with an impressive 5-2 victory at Sporting Khalsa to maintain Petter Asser’s sides 100% start to the