Derby County Ladies Football Club

Derby County LFC v West Brom WFC



Team1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Derby County LFC011Draw
WBA WFC011Draw

Match Report

Written by Ciaran Lavender (Derby University Football Journalism Student)

Derby County Ladies extended their unbeaten run as they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division.

Coming into the game Derby were high in confidence after their impressive victory against Bradford in their previous match. They also drew their two games before that meaning that recent performances had positively changed their fortunes after two defeats against Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield.

Both sides made a slow start to the game as they both cancelled each other out in the midfield but Derby looked the more threatening side with Georgia Hewitt going close on two occasions not able to make asolid impact with the ball as she spurned the chances to put the Ewes ahead.

Derby almost sparked the game into life when Andi Bell was sent through one on one but Lucy Gardner did well in the West Brom goal to get a hand to it which enabled Lucy Finch to get back in time to clear the loose ball off the line.

The score line remained goalless when the half time whistle blew, as both sides struggled to assert themselves into the game and, apart from the chance Bell had towards the end of the half, neither goalkeeper were caused any trouble.

The second half started in the same manner as the first half with neither team taking control of the game. However, West Brom did open the scoring midway through the half when they hooked in a corner and Baggies skipper Sophie Hull managed to get to the ball first in a packed penalty area and volley her team in the lead.

West Brom’s lead didn’t last long however as Derby applied pressure straight away and won a free kick just wide of the Baggie’s penalty area. Karagh Tait stood up to take the free kick and she cleverly whipped the ball to the near post which fooled the goalkeeper and levelled the scores for Derby.

The Ewes were the team pushing for the winner and had a golden opportunity to win all three points as Derby smartly worked the ball into the box, ending up at the feet of Sophia Bonser who could only fire the ball straight at the Baggie’s goalkeeper.

A draw was the result which Derby would have been frustrated with as they were the better side in the second half and had the chances to make it a comfortable victory.

Speaking after the game Lauren Cresswell spoke about the disappointment of not winning and also about the confidence running through the squad. She said: “We’ve got depth in our team to bring on players that have enough quality to step up and fill in that position so we’ve just got to keep building on what we’ve done so far.”

Cresswell also spoke about the impressive performance of 16-year-old Karagh Tait and the impact she’s had on the team. She said: “She’s a quality player, good on the ball, works hard and she is still young but she’s fitted in perfectly into the team so hopefully she can continue to keep performing.”

Derby come up against rivals Leicester City on Wednesday and will be striving to continue their good form and extending their unbeaten run to five games.

Player of the Match – Lauren Cresswell


Date Time League Season
8th October 2017 2:00 pm FA Premier League Northern Division 2017/18


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Derby County LFC

# Player App Red Yel Sub Goals Own Goals
1Sarah Morgan000000
6Amy Sims000000
8Georgia Hewitt000000
12Chloe Hutsby000000
14Nikki Ledgister000000
15Molly Johnson000000
17Lisa Giampalma000000
19Camilla Newton000000
21Karagh Tait000000
22Kelly Kennaugh000000
23Andi Bell000000
25Sophia Bonser000000
27Lauren Cresswell000000