Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Continue Impressive Form with Win over Terriers

Match Report written by Derby University Football Journalism Student Laurie Newman

Derby County Ladies move up to third in the FA Women’s National League as they beat Huddersfield Town Ladies 2-1 at Mickleover Sports.

A late goal from Huddersfield’s Charley Evans wasn’t enough to rescue a point for the Terriers as goals from Kira Rai and Grace Harrison were enough to secure the three points for the Ewe Rams.

Derby started the better side as within the first five minutes Rai found herself in on goal with only the keeper to beat, but her cross-cum-shot went just wide.

Derby continued to threaten Huddersfield’s goal and it didn’t take too long for them to break the deadlock. The goal came in the 14th minute when Rai brilliantly dribbled her way through countless bodies in the oppositions box, before smashing the ball past Laura Carter at the near post to score her first senior goal for Derby.

Huddersfield nearly equalised soon after when Sarah Morgan failed to deal with a cross which lead to a header from their number seven being cleared off the line by Amy Sims.

Derby were close to doubling their lead when Cara Newton played in Rai who was after her second in the match, but fortunately for the visitors she was flagged for offside.

Derby would grab their second in the 26th minute and it came from the most unlikeliest of players. Grace Harrison fired into the top corner from just inside the box after being played in behind Huddersfield’s defence by Jodie Redgrave.

Just before the half time whistle Huddersfield nearly found a way back into the game when a loose ball wasn’t cleared but Morgan brilliantly denied low to save the subsequent shot to keep the score at two-nil.

Both teams never got going in the second half and there were no cutting edge chances for either side. It would take until halfway through the second half for any real goal scoring chance to occur.

That chance fell to Huddersfield when their free-kick by Mallin from 30 yards was brilliantly saved in the top corner by Morgan.

Huddersfield seemed to be on the front foot as Morgan was called upon again to deny her opponents from dismantling Derby’s two goal lead. Huddersfield’s Nutter shot was again denied by Morgan who had kept the Ewes lead intact.

Derby nearly scored a third against the run of play when Jodie Redgrave flicked the ball over numerous Huddersfield players, but unfortunately she couldn’t quite apply the finish.

The game was starting to heat up even if the chances were drying out as a series of yellow cards were dished out to both teams in the closing stages of the game.

Huddersfield finally scored their goal even if it was only a consolation when Charley Evans smashed the ball in from close range after Derby failed to clear their lines.

Huddersfield didn’t even have the chance to string two passes together before the final whistle was blown, which brought to an end an exciting match at the top of the FA Women’s National League.

Derby have now lost only once in their last five league games and move up into third place behind Sunderland ladies who lead Derby by only a single point.