Derby County Ladies Football Club

Development Match Preview v Leicester City WFC Reserves

(Preview Written by Derby University Football Journalism Student Ciaran Lavender)

Derby County Ladies Development Team take on local rivals Leicester City WFC Reserves in the FA WPL Reserve Cup at Mickleover Sports FC.

The Ewe Rams will be hoping to continue their form and will still be buzzing off their incredible 6-0 victory against fierce local rivals Nottingham Forest last Sunday.

Goals from Anita Gaspar, Kira Rai, Hannah Naqwi, Jamey Brewster and a brace from Molly Matthews were enough to see off their A52 rivals and their second-half comeback has given Manager Tommy Booth confidence they can compete with the Foxes.

“I’m looking forward to testing ourselves tomorrow against one of the better teams in the league. Being the league cup, I’m not sure on how they’re going to line up, but we’ll be fully committed to reaching the next round.

“We have a few absentees for tomorrow, but I’m confident that the squad we have available is more than capable of getting a result. I wasn’t happy after the defeat against these earlier in the season, and the coaching staff made no secret of this.

“But credit to the girls, since that game, we’ve won four of our last five, scoring 30. The girls and I however, are well aware that this will be our toughest test since playing these back in September, I hope they’ll be looking to show how far we’ve come since then.”

It was in the second half where Derby showed their attacking talent scoring four of the six goals in the last 45 minutes of the game and the team will be hoping that they can carry that performance straight back into this week’s game against the Foxes. 

Leicester go into the match sitting top of the FA Women’s Reserve Midland Division and are unbeaten in three games, scoring 21 goals in the process and will be keen to get one over their East Midlands rivals again after a 4-0 win earlier in the season.

Derby currently sit in 6th place in the league, four points behind West Brom, but the Ewe’s have two games in hand in the league and have only lost one of their last five games and will be confident going into the match.

Kick-Off is 2pm tomorrow at Mickleover Sports and any support for the Ewe Rams Development Team would be appreciated.