Derby County Ladies Football Club

Early Goals Cost Ewe Rams at Boro

Derby County Ladies fell to a 3-1 defeat at league leaders Middlesbrough in the FA Women’s Premier League North Division after two early goals gave the improving Ewe Rams too much to do.

Finding themselves two goals down inside 10 minutes, the Ewe rams pulled one back through in-form striker Andi Bell but despite creating a host of chances and taking the game to the pace-setters, a breakaway goal in the 90th minute saw the Ewe Rams defeated.

Manager John Bennett though pleased with the character of his side, told DCLFC Media that the two early goals were a bitter blow and ultimately gave them too much to do.

“Finding ourselves two goals down against the league leaders inside 10 minutes was not where we wanted to find ourselves. Again it is errors that have cost us and we can’t do that against any side, let alone a side with the attacking prowess of Middlesbrough.

“Having said that, what I was pleased about was our reaction. A couple of weeks ago, we would have gone on to concede a few more but we got one back through Andi and we had chances to not only equalise but also perhaps take all three points. 

“Andi worked her socks off running into the channels and Cam (Newton) had some success down the left too and we showed the league leaders that they had to work hard and deal with us going forward. I suspect it was an enjoyable game for the neutral with both sides having chances. 

“It’s still chalked up as a loss though so we need to pick ourselves up and go again next time out. If we play like that and create chances, we can still get to where we want to be. I’m disappointed with the result but as a collective, both the performance and character was much better.”

Inside a minute the Ewe Rams had the first chance as Bell’s cross found Newton at the back post but her header was off target. 

The home side went immediately up the other end allowing Millie Bell to fire a thunderous shot which Sarah Morgan did well to parry, only for the striker to reach the ball first to scramble the ball over the line.

Moments later it was 2-0 to the hosts as the Ewe Rams got caught out across their backline allowing Emily Scarr to power home to double the lead inside 7 minutes. 

To Derby’s credit they got a foothold in the game with chances down the flanks allowing both Newton and Bell to create chances for the Ewe Rams. 

Midway through the first-half, Bell put the Ewes back into the game as she volleyed home from a Shannon Weston free-kick and to go into the break with a reduced deficit.

The game opened up in the second-half as both teams went in search of the next goal which would be crucial. Newton continued to get some success down the flanks but they could only create half-chances.

Middlesbrough had chances of their own to seal the win with Morgan making a couple of crucial interceptions to keep the Ewe Rams in the game. 

With time ticking away, the visitors continued to press for the equaliser but were caught out in the 90th minute as Scarr secured the points after another quality save from Morgan fell to the striker who made no mistake to finish proceedings for a 3-1 loss for Derby.