Derby County Ladies Football Club

Derby County LFC v Middlesbrough LFC

FA Women’s Premier League North Division – Sunday November 27th

Attendance – 43

Match Result

Derby County LFC – 2

Dale – 27 Mins

May – 79 Mins

Middlesbrough LFC – 3

Owens – 24 Mins

Scarr – 63 Mins

Dobson – 78 Mins

Late Heartache for the Ewe Rams

By Jake Tonge – Derby University

​​Derby County Ladies missed a late penalty as they lost to 3-2 to Middlesbrough in an action packed game at the Don Amott Arena, in the FA Premier League Northern Division.

The Ewes made two changes since their last league game, with Vanessa Nicholson and Natalie Reay coming in for Grace John and Ellie May, with the latter dropping to the bench.

Derby Ladies remain in fifth place in the Women’s Premier League Northern Division whilst opponents Middlesbrough take to the top, overtaking Blackburn Rovers.

The Ewes made a bright start to the match with Nicole Dale only being able to put her shot straight at the Boro keeper from a delightful ball by Reay. It was the visitors who took the lead in the 24th minute when Bianca Owens coolly slotted past Sarah Morgan and into the bottom right corner.

Derby were not behind for long when duo Reay and Dale linked up again who this time hit her effort beyond the Boro keeper. It wasn’t until the second half that the game really came to life. A cross field ball found Emily Scarr who’s half volley flew past Morgan and clipped the inside of the post before rolling over the line.

Boro extended their lead late in the second half when a moment of magic from Ellie Dobson strengthened their claim for the title. Dobson scooped the ball from underneath her and the ball hit the inside of Morgan’s post and bobbled into the net.

Derby Ladies replied instantly, Substitute Ellie May found herself in the right place at the right time to convert a square ball. May was at it again just minutes later when she hit a long range strike that was fumbled by the Boro keeper.

Shouts of celebrations came from the Derby bench and the stand however, the referee deemed it to have not fully crossed the line. Derby had their chance to complete their sensational comeback when they were awarded a penalty but Sam Griffiths thundered her effort against the crossbar earning Middlesbrough the win.

Derby Ladies travel to Huddersfield Town next weekend which will prove a tricky test for the Ewes