Derby County Ladies Football Club

Derby County LFC v Leicester City WFC



Team1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Derby County LFC101Draw
Leicester City WFC011Draw

Match Report

Written by Thomas Smith & Hannah Roberts (Derby University Football Journalism Students)

Derby County Ladies returned from successive defeats to take a point against East Midlands rivals Leicester City Women in a FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division clash.

A sixth minute strike from forward Andi Bell looked set to be the difference between the close neighbours under the lights at Mickleover Sports, but a late Leicester equaliser ensured the spoils were shared.

Lisa Giampalma set the tempo for the hosts in the opening stages and her teasing cross was steered narrowly wide of the far post inside the opening 60 seconds by Bell.

But not to be deterred the tireless forward struck just minutes later, breaking free of the Leicester backline, Bell found composure to lift the ball over the onrushing Charlotte Clarke in the City goal to open the scoring.

Boosted by the early advantage County sought to extend their lead and could have added to their opener when Bell’s effort was pushed to safety by Clarke after superb work from Nikki Ledgister. Clarke had earlier in the half had been adjudged not to have handled outside her area, despite strong appeals from Derby staff and players.

The work of Ledgister was to prove a persistent theme throughout the action as her midfield energy sparked further Derby forward surges. Citing afterwards her belief “that there is never a lost cause in the game.”

However these ultimately came to nothing despite impressive application, from the aforementioned and the whole midfield unit.

After the interval the Ewe Rams continued to hunt further reward in front of goal, but found opportunities limited as Leicester committed numbers forward.

As time crept on it appeared the three points would be heading to John Bennett and his players, but despite County’s resolute display Leicester found the net in the dying seconds.

Second half substitute Sophie Domingo who had been well denied on two previous occasions found space to rifle a low finish beyond Morgan.

Yet despite the late set back manager Bennett took heart from his sides showing. “It gives us a platform to build on, we didn’t lose the game. Over the balance of play I think we deserved the three points and stopped a lot of their threats.

“It was the response we asked for from the players, every single one of them gave 110% and they fought for the badge and earned back their pride from the previous two performances.

“it’s gutting to get so near to all three points but we can take lots of positives and they have set the standard for how we want to see them in every game now.”

Bennett’s players will look to carry their positive performance into the trip to Fylde on Sunday.


Date Time League Season
20th September 2017 7:45 pm FA Premier League Northern Division 2017/18


Mickleover Sports FC
320 Station Rd, Derby DE3 9FB, UK

Derby County LFC

# Player App Red Yel Sub Goals Own Goals
1Sarah Morgan000000
6Amy Sims000000
9Leanne De Silva000000
10Hannah Ward000000
12Chloe Hutsby000000
14Nikki Ledgister000000
17Lisa Giampalma000000
19Camilla Newton000000
21Karagh Tait000000
22Kelly Kennaugh000000
23Andi Bell000000