Derby County Ladies Football Club

Academy Report – 7/8 Sept

Derby County Ladies Academy Director Dave Cholerton is hoping the Academy can go from strength to strength this season after the first week of action saw a positive start for the Ewe Rams youngsters.

The first weekend of the season saw the majority of teams take to the field with a first outing for our new Under 18’s side who fell to a 5-1 defeat at Leicester City Women but there was better luck elsewhere with the standout performance coming from the Under 14’s.

Their trip to Stourbridge FC Girls in the Central Warwickshire Girls League saw the Under 14’s come away with a 9-1 win with our hosts goalkeeper ensuring the score didn’t reach double figures with an outstanding performance. There was a hat-trick from Mille and two from Eve with Leah, Ruby, Sommer and Amber also adding to the scoreline.

Cholerton said “It’s a great start for the Under 14’s they have had a new look squad this year and they have benefited from a strong pre-season and regular games to get to know each other quickly. The Central Warwickshire is a tough league so to get off to a good start is positive but they will need to ensure they still put the hard yards in on the training pitch.”

Elsewhere, the Community Team went down 3-1 to Notts County Women in their first game in the East Midlands Women’s Regional League. An Alice Shelton strike gave them hope but they could not muster a comeback and will look to get their first win on board this weekend at Oadby & Wigston WFC.

There was more good performances across the Academy with the Under 16’s piling the pressure on Boldmere Falcoms in the Central Warwickshire League but a resolute defensive performance from their opponents saw them come away with just a point after a 1-1 draw thanks to Iesha’s goal.

The Under 15’s were at local rivals Burton Albion LFC and came out with a 3-0 win under Community Team defender Hannah Freeman as goals from Nicola and a brace from Olivia secured the 3 points on the opening day of the season in the Central Warwickshire League.

A return to the Derbyshire Girls League Under 14s league after a season in the Boys league for the Under 13’s saw them being edged out 4-3 in a tight affair with Duffield Dynamos. Despite fighting back from 3-0 down, they could not quite muster a point despite goals from Charlie and two from Olivia.

Our two Under 12 teams also had their season openers with an encouraging 6-1 win for the White Socks against Foundation Football Academy with goals from Alex x3, Imogen x2 and Kelcie adding to the scoreline. The Black Socks settled for a point with a 3-3 draw against Stenson Rams with Liv, Hollie and Honor scoring.

Our youngest team also got their season off to a start with a great performance against Melbourne. A positive display saw some fine collective and individual performances with the coaches pleased with how they have adapted to their opening season with Derby County Ladies Academy.

Cholerton said “Overall its been a very positive start again for the Academy and now the hard work continues on the training pitch as we look to implement our philosophy on our style of play. I’ve seen some excellent team performances already and there is going to be some good competitive football this year as girls football continues to get better and better.

“This week we’ve also developed as coaches with us holding our first Coach Development session with both myself and Lead Development Coach Dan Dobrzycki.

“These are also important as we work towards a common goal and keep along the ‘One Club’ mantra that we are implementing and i’m looking forward to seeing our growth as both players and coaches over the next few weeks.”

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 13’s Match Report
Under 12’s WS Match Report
Under 12’s BS Match Report
Under 9’s Match Report

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