Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Into Top 3 After Win at Vixens

Match Report by Derby University Football Journalism Student Jake Dance

Derby County Ladies dominated in an important 4-1 victory over an in-form Guiseley Vixens in the FA Women’s National League North.

The game was action-packed from the start as Cara Newton opened the scoring within the first minute. The Ewes full-backs were also on fire as a brace from Amy Sims, and a first goal for Hannah James, saw the away side secure all three points.

Kirsty Hunt managed to pull one back for the Vixens, but the instant reply on the stroke of half-time from Derby was enough to kill off any chance of a comeback.

The Ewe Rams came into the game looking to respond to their lucky escape the previous week, and the team reacted inside the first minute after a long ball over the top dropped perfectly to the feet of Cara Newton as she rushed through two defenders, with the attacker picking her place and slotting home calmly to give her side the opening goal.

The Guiseley team took looked unsettled from the early pressure and continued to soak up more chances from their visitors. Andi Bell looked to have got herself into a good position in the opposition area, before a defender clashed through the striker. The referee waved away any notion of a penalty.

It only took ten more minutes for Derby to increase their lead. Cara Newton was in the action again as she latched onto a loose ball in a dangerous position and played in James. The young defender scored with a striker’s instinct, calmly rolling the ball out of reach of the Vixens’ keeper and into the bottom corner.

Unfortunately, James had to be withdrawn on the 35th minute due to injury, which ended another promising start after picking up Player of the Match the previous week.

Not long after the substitution, Guiseley looked to claw back the deficit as a deflected cross landed to the feet of Hunt just outside the penalty area. The number 12 powered the ball low and directly into the near corner.

The Ewe Rams were quick to react again, this time in the form of a precisely worked team goal finished off by Sims. The players moved the ball quickly and cleverly through opposition defenders on the right hand corner of the pitch as the ball was laid off to the marauding full-back to smash home.

The home side almost narrowed the gap again early into the second half, if not for the lighting reactions of Leah Kellogg. An awkward, floated cross sent in Ellie Casper one-on-one with the shot stopper, but Kellogg was out quickly to meet the snapshot and deflected the ball out with a reflex save.

Sims added to her tally on 54 minutes as she stabbed in the ball after great work from the Guiseley goalkeeper to keep an initial shot out.

Centre-back pairing Hannah Ward, on her birthday, and Karagh Tait looked calm and composed throughout the match, working well with Emily Joyce to reduce the home side’s chances to mostly long range efforts throughout the game.

Monique Watson nearly increased the lead as she showed superb skill and pace to wriggle past her marker, but her resulting shot weaved away from the near post at the last second.

The win takes Derby to third in the National League North table with a game in hand on 2nd placed Sunderland.

The Ewe Rams will be looking to continue this good run when they face local rivals Nottingham Forest Ladies away this Sunday.