Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Settle for a Point Against Wolves

Derby County Ladies had to come from behind to earn a point against Wolverhampton Wanderers Women, with substitute Kirsty Allen securing a 1-1 draw in the FA Women’s Premier Northern Division.

Allen’s strike just minutes after the visitors had took the lead through Jade Cross, saw the Ewe Rams come away with a deserved point but left manager John Bennett frustrated.

“We knew Wolves would come and have a go at us and they certainly did and defensively we held our own and looked comfortable until they caught us with a sucker punch. But I was pleased with our response and felt it was a deserved point.

“We weren’t at our fluid best but we generally dominated and it shows we have to be better and clinical in the final third to get more out of the game. It was a solid defensive performance from Wolves, we kept going at them but they restricted us so credit to them.

“It was a tale of both defences having the upper hand for the most part and it certainly wasn’t a game that will be remembered. We like to get the ball down on the floor and pass it around but a combination of the pitch and rustiness seemed to be the order of the day.

“We will go again on Sunday at West Brom and look to put our performance against them last time out behind us when we stole what was an undeserved point. Likewise we have Blackburn on Tuesday so two games coming up tp show our response to poor performances.”

The game produced few chances for either side with the one moment of quality in the first-half coming from the Ewes with Molly Johnson’s stunning 30-yard effort superbly tipped over the bar by Wolves goalkeeper Katie Clarke.

With defences being on top for most of the game, it was a surprise when pacy striker Cross out-sprinted the Derby defence to fire a shot across Sarah Morgan in the Derby goal to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Within five minutes the hosts had equalised as a Lauren Cresswell corner eluded everyone apart from Allen at the back post, who hooked home to level the game.

Both teams went in search of the winner but had to settle for a point each and leave Derby County 7th in the Northern Premier League, whilst Wolves remain in 12th place.