Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Growing with Each Game says Skipper Hannah Ward

Derby County Ladies Captain Hannah Ward believes their is more to come from the Ewe Rams after they saw off Hull City Ladies 6-1, recovering from a sloppy first-half to show their potential in the second-half on Sunday.

After taking the lead through Hannah Keryakoplis, the home side responded with an equaliser before taking the game to the Ewes who ensured they went in level at the break with a fine defensive performance. Five goals in the second-half saw the Ewes show their quality leaving skipper Ward pleased with the win and knowing their is more to come

Ward said “We weren’t happy with our performance in the first-half and were lucky to go in at the break on level terms. It felt like they wanted it that bit more than us and had more desire and worked for each other better than we did.

“At times we were doing the right things but then we dropped off and we started to panic on the ball and we needed to address that at half-time and we did that and we showed just how good we can be in that second-half and know we have to bottle that and take it into Thursday’s game with Loughborough Foxes.

“Bringing new players in at the start of the season always takes time for squads to gel and I think that shows in all teams across the leagues. We have to remember that for 45 minutes against Burnley, we dominated and then dropped off and we had a 10 minute spell last week against Burton where we dropped off.

“We were on top for the first 15 minutes here and then dropped off again before racing through that last 45 minutes so it’s just about us ensuring we put together longer spells of consistency as we work through games and the sooner we do that the better.The atmosphere amongst the group is fantastic and I think we all know the end goal and it’s just us implementing it on the pitch.”

Second-half goals from Ellie Gilliatt, Monique Watson, Emily Owen and a brace of own goals saw the Ewes dominate the second-half and the introduction of Watson at half-time was a key driver in the improved second-half according to Ward.

“Monique always has an impact whenever she plays whether from the start or from the bench and she did that again and gave us a bit more energy. She has that knack of being able to create opportunities for us and it’s about us giving her the ball because she is frightening when in full flow.

“When you’ve got Monique going forward and then linking her up with any combination of Hannah (Keryakoplis), Sophie (Domingo), Kira (Rai) Ellie (Gilliatt) or Cara (Newton) it’s a frightening prospect for any teams and now it is about us working hard to get in full flow.

“I don’t think we’re far away from that at all and we are seeing in in spells. Our aim is to get that consistency so we are doing it for 80-90 minutes and showing why we want to be up there come the end of the season. It’s hard work time for us as a squad but I’m really excited to see what we achieve over the next few games and see where we can go with our potential.”

Our next league match will see the Ewe Rams return to Mickleover Sports FC for the first time this season when they take on Loughborough Foxes this Thursday (5th Sept) in a 7:45pm kick-off.

On Sunday, the club will once again take to Pride Park Stadium for their A52 clash with Nottingham Forest WFC. Grab your tickets via this link – https://www.dcfc.co.uk/toptix/en-gb/categories/home