Derby County Ladies Football Club

Academy Report 28/29 Sept

Derby County Ladies Academy Director Dave Cholerton is delighted with how the Academy season has progressed so far and believes the increased competition over the last five years is encouraging for the growth of the game.

Despite a couple of postponements for the Academy’s Community, Under 18’s and Under 12 Black Socks teams, there was more success across the remainder of the teams but Cholerton was quick to praise the increased competition that is allowing all teams to develop across the county.

Cholerton said “Just five years ago it was difficult to get sustained competition across the Derbyshire Leagues and so we had to go out of the county to get a challenge and we found a great league in the Central Warwickshire League with lots of quality teams.

“This has provided sustained development across the leagues but we always wanted to ensure that we had our place in the county and so our younger teams remained in the Derbyshire Girls League and it is fantastic to now see a whole host of quality in these leagues so all credit to the league committee. 

“Our teams have a developed philosophy in how we would like to play and you can see other teams are developing their styles too and so it’s bringing on development of teams quicker and we are seeing lots of good youngsters across the league now and we can only see that continuing to develop.”

Last weekend saw our Under 16 team continue their impressive start to the season as they were 9-1 winners over Leamington Lions with Kelsey continuing her impressive goalscoring ability as she added four goal in the win to help them remain at the top of the table.

The Under 15’s dropped their 100% record as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at home to Leicester City. That win leaves them level on points with the Foxes but chasing Alvechurch Ladies Under 15’s who remain on top with a 100% record of their own.

Sitting on top of the Central Wawickshire League Under 14’s Premier, the Ewe Rams Under 14’s maintained their 100% record with a 7-0 win at Claverdon in the league and will look to make it a double this weekend as they face the same side in the League Cup.

Setting her side a challenge last weekend, Under 11’s Coach Lucy Gascoigne played 9v11 in their match with Buxton and set them restriction of only shooting out of the area. This added development featured challenged the girls to use their limited space, leaving the Coach Gascoigne proud of taking on a new problem and overcoming their challenge. 

The Under 10’s also continued their positive start to the season with a trip to Lichfield City and they were once again challenged by a strong opponent, showing why the League continues to improve.

Elsewhere their was disappointment for the Under 12 White Socks who fell to a 8-4 defeat to a strong Toton United side. 

Match Reports

To read this week’s Match Reports, please click on the team link below.

Under 15’s Match Report

Under 14’s Match Report

Under 12’s WS Match Report

Under 10’s Match Report

Thanks to all our Media Reps for their reports this week.