Derby County Ladies Football Club

County Cup Preview: Derby County LFC v Woodlands LFC

Derby County Ladies will look to win a seventh consecutive Derbyshire Women’s Cup this weekend, when they face Woodlands Ladies at Belper Town FC.

Last year saw the Ewe Rams Development Team win a sixth straight County Cup Final with a 5-0 victory over Glossop North End and Manager Tommy Booth is hoping that his team can once again retain the Cup, but concedes it gets tougher each year.

Booth said “Last year’s final was a tough match and it took us midway through the first-half to get a goal on the board and we looked nervous and the opposition were clearly up for it. I expect no different this year, there are a lot of ex-Derby players in the Woodlands set-up and they will want to get one over us.

“It’s evident each time that we play a County Cup game that we put in 100% because if we are off our game, they have the talent to score against us and that will put our team on the back foot.

“Last year we went through the competition without conceding a goal and it was very much a firm defensive barrier that allowed us to set the tone and eventually pull away. This year we’ve not conceded again but we take nothing for granted and we need to be up for it from the start.”

Woodlands Ladies have had some impressive results this season culminating in putting Long Eaton United out with a comprehensive 4-1 victory in the semi-final. Should the Ewe Rams retain the trophy, Booth believes this will be their best and most meaningful victory yet.

“We were put in charge last season season half-way through the season, so for the management team that have been together since then, it will feel on a personal level like we are truly part of it, not to take anything away from last years win.

“Because of the move to Moor Farm over the last few weeks, it’s been a bit disjointed at times at training as we settle in and so we need to start the game in the right frame of mind.

“We looked really good last time out against TNS, we got the ball down on the floor and when we do that, we are a tough team to beat. We’ve had a couple of blips in the league against Leicester and WBA, so to see them be ruthless against TNS was pleasing for us and if we can take that into Sunday, we will be in a good place.”

Sunday’s FA Derbyshire Women’s Cup Final will take place at Belper Town FC against Woodlands LFC, with kick-off set for 2:30pm. All support is welcome as we look to retain the trophy and win a seventh straight title.