Derby County Ladies Football Club

Derby County LFC v Fylde Ladies

Derby County Ladies made it three wins from three with a 5-0 win over AFC Fylde in the FA Premier League Northern Division, to move into third place.

Goals from Lisa Giampalma x 2, Mel Johnson, Nicole Dale and Lauren Cresswell saw the Ewe Rams leap above their opponents, with the only negative aspect of the day, a serious looking injury to defender Emily Jeffery.

Derby started brightly and were on the front foot almost immediately, with captain Mel Johnson restored to leading the line after previous weeks in midfield for the home side, going close early in the game.

It didn’t take long for the first goal to come, as Lisa Giampalma pounced on some hesitant defending to put the Ewe Rams in front, with her second bite of the cherry, as the momentum from last week’s 4-3 comeback win over Stoke City, was evident from the beginning.

Less than a minute later and from more poor defending, Mel Johnson raced clear to cooly slot the ball home and extend Derby’s lead with Fylde shell-shocked from a double salvo.

With a 2-0 lead, chances continued to fall for the home side, with Mel Johnson, Natalie Reay and Nicole Dale all going close, before the visitors began to get a foothold in the game, having been woefully outplayed for the first half-hour.

Moments before the break, the Ewe Rams were dealt a blow when Jeffery fell innocuously after jumping for a header, with the defender screaming in agony, and a break in the game occurred, as they treated the serious looking injury, with Megan Clarkson coming on, as Derby went into the break 2-0 to the good but with a bittersweet feeling.

The second-half was a much more even affair, as both sides had chances to get the decisive third goal, with Mel Johnson and Dale going close for the home side, whilst Ewe Rams goalkeeper Charlotte Clarke continued to impress with a string of fine saves.

With just over a quarter of an hour remaining, it was Derby that got that third goal as Dale bravely beat the oncoming goalkeeper to the ball, before slotting home to the delight of the home fans.

With that goal, the wind was knocked out of the visitors and a fourth goal came via Giampalma’s second of the game as she tapped in on the line after more good work from Mel Johnson.

As the clock ticked down, there was still time for Cresswell to score the goal of the game as a 25-yard screamer was too much for the Fylde goalkeeper to keep out, with the Ewe Rams completed a stunning 5-0 victory that bore all the marks of a team gaining momentum and with more still to come.

Player of the Match – Mel Johnson