Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewes Hit Double Figures at Struggling Bantams

Derby County Ladies hit double figures in a stunning 10-0 win at Bradford City Women on Sunday in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division to move into the top half of the table.

The Ewe Rams picked up their first win of 2019 in spectacular fashion and boost the confidence of a team that remains in with a realistic chance of finishing in their highest ever league position.

Goals from Nikki Ledgister, Monique Watson x2, Camilla Newton, Moriah McIntosh, Lauren Cresswell, Emily Joyce, Cara Newton and Andi Bell x2 completed the rout in our first league match of the new year and left Boss Sam Griffiths delighted.

Griffiths said “Really pleased with that performance today, we never take any game for granted and prepared properly but to get our goal difference up was much needed and something we were conscious off and that we needed to stretch.

“One of the things that pleases me was that goals came from across the pitch today and it will have given the strikers a boost that they all got in on the act as well today so all delighted all round with the performance.

“We’ve got a massive few games for us now starting with Middlesbrough in a couple of weeks and they like us have been a bit up and down this season, so it’s crucially important that we work hard to prepare and get ourselves on a little run of wins.

“The next three games are ones that we are targeting to get wins in and the result today will only give us confidence going into them games and we can rest up for a few days and then get back on the training pitch.”

The Ewes made enforced changes with niggling injuries creeping through the camp as Cresswell made her return after signing with the club earlier in the month and Leah Kellogg returning in goal.

The Ewes piled on the early pressure on an inexperienced Bradford side that have been decimated this season with departures but it took until the 15th minute for the opening goal as Ledgister was on hand to tap home inside the 6-yard box for a 1-0 lead.

Moments later, the Ewes doubled their lead when a deflected Watson shot wrong-footed the Bantams goalkeeper before a needless trip in the box on Camilla Newton earned Derby a penalty, with the left-back converting from the spot for 3-0.

Despite pressing on the Bantams defence for the remainder of the half, the home side held out to the break as the Ewe Rams went into half-time with a 3-0 lead.

Two goals inside the first 6 minutes of the half took the game beyond the hosts as McIntosh latched onto a pin point ball over the top from skipper Hannah Ward to fire home a fourth before Cresswell made a goalscoring return with a trademark 25-yard stunner.

Ewes star Joyce got in on the act in the 63rd minute as Cresswell’s cutback saw the midfielder hit a first time shot from the edge of the area that gave the Bantams goalkeeper no chance for a 6-0 lead.

Having worked her socks off and been thwarted on a number of occasions by the Bantams goalkeeper, Cara Newton got in on the act with a curling 20-yard effort.

With the hosts tiring, the Ewes pressure never relented as substitute Bell provided a lovely ball inside the box to Watson who stroked home her second of the game in the 87th minute.

Their was still time for two more goals and they came from Bell who first got on the end of a Amy Sims cross with a diving header, before she latched onto a mistake by the goalkeeper to tap home the Ewes 10th goal of the game.

That win moved the Ewes into the top half of the table, sitting just 4 points off second place and pushing their goal difference back into the positive.

The Ewes are next scheduled to play Middlesbrough Women on Sunday February the 3rd at Mickleover Sports FC in a 2pm Kick-Off.