Derby County Ladies Football Club

In-Form Ewe Rams Tame the Tigeress’

Match Report Written by Derby University Football Journalism Students Hritika Sharma and Greg Ahrens

Derby County Ladies recovered superbly after an early setback to win 7-2 against Hull City Ladies in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division.

Goals from Monique Watson, Amy Sims, two each from Andi Bell and Cara Newton, and Stephanie Smith saw the Ewe Rams pick up their second win in 2019.

After falling behind with just three minutes on the clock, the response was swift: finding space from about 25 yards out, Watson sensed an opportunity and equalised with a wonderful lob over the Hull ‘keeper.

Within minutes, the Ewes then took the lead through Sims, who glided forward and slotted home. It was extended by Bell, taking full advantage of some poor defending from Hull.

Despite the scoreline, the football on display was end-to-end, the only difference being that Hull were not as clinical with their finishing. 

Cara Newton had seemingly scored the fourth, but the goal was disallowed as the ball had not cleared from the box following the goal kick.

It wasn’t a long wait for the next goal. Camilla Newton, freed by Lauren Cresswell, slotted the ball through to Bell, who made no mistake and curled it in beautifully into the far corner.

The frequency of Hull attacks began to increase but they were dealt with by the firm Derby backline, the first of them saved comfortably by Leah Kellogg.

At the half-hour mark, the visitors attempted to pull one back in spectacular fashion, by means of an overhead kick from a corner, but the shot went wide.

It was a closely-contested affair as the half drew to a close, and Derby went into the break with a deserved lead.

They began the second period with a spell of pressure that began with Cresswell’s attempt on goal and ended with Cara Newton adding her name to the scoresheet. In between, Karagh Tait’s superb block prevented Hull from getting a second.

With an hour gone, Newton – in quick succession – scored her 80th and 81st career goals for the club. The striker fired home from the edge of the box before unselfishly being put through on goal by Bell for her second in as many minutes.

One would think that the game had surely been put to bed, but there was still time for more goals.

Hull scored a consolation header from a corner with 15 minutes remaining, and substitute Smith – on for Cara Newton – netted Derby’s seventh of the afternoon after being put through on goal by Emily Joyce.

Not quite double figures in the end, as was the case against Bradford City, but it did the job.

The Ewes are scheduled to play Stoke City Ladies on Thursday, 14 February at Mickleover Sports FC in a 7:45pm kick-off.