Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Pre-Season Fixtures Announced

Derby County Ladies have announced their Pre-season list of friendlies with ties against FA Women’s Championship sides Aston Villa Ladies and Sheffield United Ladies amongst six fixtures for the Ewe Rams as they prepare for the 2018/19 season.

Other fixtures announced see the club take on FA National League Southern Division side Coventry United Ladies and local rivals West Brom Women and Burton Albion Ladies. In their opening pre-season fixture they take on MK Dons Ladies in a repeat of last season’s friendly that ended in a win for the Ewe Rams.

Manager Sam Griffiths told DCLFC Media that she believes it is vital that a strong pre-season fixture list can help them prepare for the challenges of next season and will be a test of their strength against a number of strong sides.

“We wanted to put ourselves through some early tests and see what the squads strengths and weaknesses are and work through them as we go on. There is no point playing against sides that we can control as we learn nothing and each of these sides will test us in different ways.

“I want to see the girls grow as a team throughout these fixtures, we have brought in some new players and it will be about them knowing each others traits and getting used to what each player can and can’t do.

“It will give me a chance to look at formations and who plays well together and we can test different methods and come up with a number of plans that we can adopt. We don’t want to be one dimensional, we’ve seen that the best teams in this league can play a number of ways.

All fixtures are subject to change and kick-off dates and venues will be announced in due course once finalised.