Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Move Into Second With Win Over Vixens

Match Report by Derby University Football Journalism Student Joe Lightfoot

Derby County Ladies moved into second place in the FA National League Northern Division after a hard-fought victory 2-1 over Guiseley Vixens.

As the Ewe Rams stared at the possibility of back to back defeats for the first time this season, Sam Griffiths’ side came out victorious after goals from Cara Newton and Andi Bell had cancelled out Ellie Olds stunning strike to take the lead.

Derby started the better of the two sides and probably should have taken the lead inside the opening minute. Stephanie Smith, on her 10th appearance, glanced her header just wide of the target with set pieces continuing to prove a threatening asset for Derby this season.

The tempo of the match became disjointed as both sides enjoyed only half chances throughout the majority of the first half, until Derby were handed a wonderful opportunity, five minutes before half time after a mix up in the Guiseley defence that should have proved costly with Andi Bell latching onto a under hit back pass but couldn’t find Cara Newton on the pull back who would have had just an empty goal to hit.

Then, right before the break, Bell looked to have put the Ewe Rams in front but for an excellent acrobatic save from Beth Stanfield kept the scores level at the break.

The second half commenced in similar fashion to the first- a dangerous Derby County set piece. Newton, it was this time whose headed effort just wide of the target from a Hannah Ward corner.

Moments later though, Guiseley made the Ewe Rams pay for all the chances they had missed. Ellie Olds let fly from 25 yards and found the top corner in spectacular fashion with Leah Kellogg rooted to the spot with an unstoppable finish from the Guiseley forward.

However, the goal only seemed to remind Derby how well they can play. After the set-back the reaction was immediate with Olivia Mitcham’s presence instantly recognised as the substitute created space for Newton who made no mistake firing home at the second attempt into the roof of the net, levelling the score midway through the second half.

Boosted by the equaliser, Derby took the lead just minutes later. This time it was Newton that turned provider with her cross finding strike partner, Bell who couldn’t miss from a yard out. The goal was well worked and served as a testament to the partnership the two are creating.

Substitute Monique Watson’s powerful strike almost gave the Ewes a third but for a wonderful save from Stanfield in the Guiseley goal, whilst  Jodi Redgrave also went close and had Stanfield beat, only for her  effort bouncing just wide of the goal as Derby quickly established their dominance in the game and went in search of the killer goal.

In the end, it proved, they didn’t need as the match finished 2-1. The visitors failed to match the same intensity they showed early on and grew tired with Derby, it seemed, growing stronger and finishing with more energy as the game went on.