Derby County Ladies Football Club

Below Par Ewe Rams Beaten at Terriers

Derby County Ladies were beaten for the second week in succession as a clinical Huddersfield Town WFC round out 5-2 winners in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division.

In harsh weather conditions, Derby County Ladies took an early lead through Ellie Gilliatt before the home side went 3-1 ahead. Monique Watson reduced the deficit but a goal from the Terriers less than a minute later and a fifth late on saw a below par Ewe Ram drop the points to leave boss Sam Griffiths a frustrated figure.

Griffiths said “We deserved to lose today, I think its the first game this season where we’ve got to hold our hands up and say we weren’t good enough and were beaten by the better team and we got undone far too easily.

“We spoke about getting on the front foot early and got the early goal but even then I didn’t feel like we were on our game and we couldn’t create the chances we’d have liked and it wasn’t a good performance from back to front.

“Morale is low and we’re all feeling deflated but we’ve got to get back to work, the confidence in training is there each week but there seems to be a mental blockage to game day and its our job to figure out how to erase that.

“We’ve got to take responsibility as a team and not as eleven individuals on the pitch and thats from all of us from the players to myself to the rest of the coaching staff.”

There were two changes to the Ewe Rams side with Ellie Wilkinson making her full debut and Cara Newton returning to the starting XI with Sophie Domingo and Nikki Ledgister dropping to the bench.

The Ewes took an early lead after Gilliatt’s cross/shot bamboozled the Terriers goalkeeper from deep on the left, nesting over the head into the roof of the net.

Two goals in as many minutes turned the game on its head as Ellie White stroked home a first time shot, before a Laura Elford neatly chipped Ewe Rams on-rushing goalkeeper Leah Kellogg.

With the Ewes pushing for an equaliser in the second-half, the home side were capitalising on gaps in the visitors defence and on 67 minutes, Terriers skipper Kate Mallin was put through on goal, rounding Kellogg and firing into the net to extend their lead.

Ewe Rams substitute Watson reduced the deficit moments later working herself room to fire a low shot beyond the Terriers goalkeeper but the gap was again increased less than a minute later as Mallin added her second of the afternoon.

A fifth goal before the end of the game earned Mallin her hat-trick as she broke the defensive line to fire low into the corner and condemn the Ewe Rams to their fourth defeat of the season.