Derby County Ladies Football Club

Derby Stunned by Late Fylde Strike

Match Report by Derby University Football Journalism Stude Jake Dance

Derby County Ladies fell to a cruel late defeat against a 10 player Fylde Women side as they lost 1-0 in the FA Women’s National League.

The Ewe Rams had dominated the game at the Mickleover Sports ground after an ugly challenge saw Fylde lose Ashleigh Hayes to a red card very early on.

Exciting wide player Ellie Wilkinson made her debut into the second half and despite a myriad of chances for the home side it was the visitors that went away with all three points.

Emily Hollinshead was the goal scorer with a fantastic effort from outside the box leaving Ewe Rams Boss Sam Griffiths frustrated.

Griffiths said “I’m a bit loss for words if i’m honest, I struggled to speak to them in the huddle afterwards because they’ve gave their all, as they always have done but we’ve lost and i’m disappointed that once again, we’ve dominated the match and come away with nothing.

“We’ve had 7 games this season and been on top for all of them and we’ve somehow lost three of them. We can’t go on and dominate and create the chances we do without putting the ball in the back of the net. There was 6 good chances again in the first-half and we didn’t convert.

“I sensed that we didn’t have the urgency we needed and knew we’d put pressure on ourselves if we didn’t convert and told them at half-time that we had to do more and be clinical.

“Teams like Fylde will always be a threat and caught us on the break a few times and they took the one chance they needed. The players gave their all but sometimes they’ve got to be smarter in the decisions they are taking and we all need to have a look at ourselves and stop shooting ourselves in the foot.”

The game started off as a fairly even contest with both teams competing well in midfield until Hayes’ red card challenge on Ellie Gilliatt.  After this, Derby looked to take advantage of the situation and pushed high up into their opponent’s half.

Gilliatt looked to threaten on several occasions yet again as the tricky attacker cut her way inside 10 minutes in. The in-form winger whipped the ball towards the goal, but it was easily denied by Jess Carberry.

Derby continued to threaten throughout, with numerous efforts at goal. Amy Sims produced the best chance in the first half after marauding forwards from defence. The full-back exchanged some quick passes with Nikki Ledgister on the edge of the box before breaking through and blasting the ball just millimetres over the bar.

The Ewe Rams continued their assault on the Fylde goal into the second half. Sims was back in the action too as she attempted to turn a Monique Watson cross into the net, but again saw the ball whip over the crossbar.

Wilkinson made her debut 65 minutes into the match and almost made an instant impact as she showed clever feet and a quick change of pace to blast down the right. The winger attempted to shoot through a forest of legs, but the ball deflected out for a corner.

Just moments later the visitors gained the lead. Fylde broke on the counter after Derby had pushed so many players forward, allowing Hollinshead to sprint through. The number 10 picked her spot from range and blasted it through the outstretched hand of Leah Kellogg.

The Ewe Rams pummelled their opponents’ goal for the remainder of the game, but just couldn’t find a way through. Substitute Cara Newton looked to make the difference on several occasions, almost rounding the keeper before seeing the resulting shot from Watson volleyed off the line in the dying moments.

Derby County Ladies next head to the Stafflax Arena to face Huddersfield Town Ladies this Sunday and will be looking to put a disappointing result behind them.