Derby County Ladies Football Club

Devs Boss Booth “Last Season’s Cup Loss has Spurred Us On”

Derby County Ladies Development Team Manager Tommy Booth is relishing another Derbyshire FA County Cup Final this afternoon and believes it gives his side a chance to put behind them last season’s loss.

The Ewe Rams Devs go into Sunday’s match with Long Eaton United Ladies 1st Team in decent form having won their last eight matches including the double over fellow East Midlands side Leicester City Women Reserves

Having lost in the County Cup Final Last season to Woodlands in a 3-0 defeat, Booth feels the loss has done more good than harm and that they needed that lesson to get to where they are today.

Booth said “Last seasons cup final was the biggest blip on my managerial record here with the club, but in a strange way, I’m really grateful for that day. There was complacency from the players, and I made plenty of mistakes there too, but I don’t feel like we’d have the great successes of this season without that low.

“After that game, I gave everyone the chance to get everything out in the open, we worked on certain things off the back of that, and we’ve had a great season, and become a much better team.

“I know I’m speaking on behalf of the girls, but I feel they’ve all loved the journey. I know I certainly have. There’ll be no complacency this time round. Everyone’s massively up for it.”

The final will be a chance for Booth to catch up with former Ewe Rams Boss John Bennett (JB), now in charge at Long Eaton United Ladies and the Devs Manager is relishing catching up with the former Derby Goalkeeper.

“I felt like I had a good relationship with JB and enjoyed working with him. He’ll know a few of our squad, but I’m not entirely sure he’ll be aware of how much they’ve all improved over the past year, and we’ve also brought in a lot of new, younger players since he’s left too.

“I know Long Eaton well from playing there myself, so I’m no stranger down there. It all makes for a great game.

“With our without the cup, we’ve had a great season, and I’m massively impressed with the squad that we have and how hard they’ve all worked. A win on Sunday would be massive for the girls though. They’re all buzzing and we can’t wait.”

The Derbyshire FA County Cup Final will be played at Long Eaton United’s Grange Park and is a 3pm Kick-Off. Join Derby University Football Journalism Students Jake Dance and Greg Ahrens on @UoDFootyJournos Twitter Account for full Twitter Commentary and Build-up of the game.