Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Secure Highest Ever League Position with Belles Win

Derby County Ladies secured their highest ever position in the FA National League Northern Division with a 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Goals from skipper Hannah Ward, Cara Newton and Andi Bell ensured a third place finish and made it four consecutive wins on the bounce, whilst hosts Belles’ relegation was confirmed.

With Fans Player of the Year Emily Joyce ruled out through injury, their was a return to the starting line-up for Nikki Ledgister, whilst Sarah Morgan returned in goal and Cara newton was restored to the starting XI.

The Ewes were quickly into their stride as they pressed their hosts in the opening stages of the game with Belles defensive line holding their own as they looked to contain a hungry Ewe Rams side.

On 20 minutes, the Ewes took the lead when a corner wasn’t cleared with the ball falling to Ward who lashed home a shot from 10 yards out and despite the best efforts of the Belles defence, the ball nestled in the net.

With the hosts high line, the Ewes went in search of a second and a number of through balls were close to falling for the visitors and just after the break that pressure told.

A lovely weighted through ball saw Newton time her run to perfection and the striker rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home from an acute angle to double the lead going into the break.

The second -half had barely begun when Derby County Ladies extended their lead as Bell break the Doncaster backline before chipping the advancing Belles goalkeeper for a 3-0 lead.

The extended lead saw the Ewe Rams relax as the hosts looked to find a way back into the game. Their best chance came on 70 minutes as a goal bound header was acutely blocked by Morgan in the Derby goal.

Their were further chances for the Ewes with Amy Sims going close after Kira Rai unselfishly laid off for the defender, before Jodie Redgrave’s volley went agonisingly wide from 25-yards.

That secured the Ewe Rams their highest ever point total as well as league position and saw them finish level on points with runners-up Sunderland Ladies and boost manager Sam Griffiths momentum going into an important summer.