Derby County Ladies Football Club

Last Gasp Terriers Down Ewe Rams

Derby County Ladies were left deflated after a late Kate Mallin goal, gave Huddersfield Town Ladies all three points in a 3-2 victory in an entertaining game in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division.

The Ewe Rams had come from behind twice in the game with a brace for Cara Newton and looked to be the stronger of the two teams in the final stages but Mallin’s goal from an acute angle left Boss Sam Griffiths frustrated with the third loss in a row.

Griffiths said “It was a game of two halves again, we were a bit complacent with possession in the first half but knew that if we came out playing like we can, we’d get back in the game but that late goal is a killer for us.

“The first goal was again a mistake and the penalty you can put down in that category as well so their is a lot for us to work on at the minute, particularly on the mental side of things going forwards but I did think we deserved something out of the game today.

“Again we’re scoring goals and Cara was again excellent in front of goal and I knew she would come good and she’s proving that and we need to get the ball to her a bit more so she can do what she does as when she gets in front of goal, she can be clinical.

“We knew that we had three tough games after each other and the break from the league will be welcome and we can go to to Guiseley in the FA Cup and we can go in without any pressure on us and see what we can do to progress in the Cup.”

The Ewes made four changes to the line-up from last weeks defeat at Sunderland with Sarah Morgan returning in goal, whilst Grace Harrison, Callan Barber and Monique Watson all came in to the starting XI.

The hosts started brightly and were gifted an early goal when a mix-up in defence between Morgan and Harrison, allowed Brittany Sanderson to fire past the Derby County Ladies goalkeeper for the lead.

The hosts went in for the kill and pushed for a second but were caught out in the 15th minute as Derby broke from a corner and Cara Newton found space behind the Terriers defence to fire the Ewe Rams level against the run of play.

As has happened in recent weeks, the Ewes were not level for long as Harrison brought down Lucy Sowerby inside the box to gift the hosts an opportunity to go back in front that Mallin took from the penalty spot.

The Ewe Rams spirit once again kicked in as they went in search of another way back as they grew into the game with both Newton and Andi Bell having half-chances before the break that saw the visitors on top heading into half-time.

After the break, the early momentum remained with Derby and they were rewarded in the 51st minute as the clinical Newton again found space over the top to fire past Huddersfield Goalkeeper Laura Turner to level the clash.

The Ewes went in search of a third goal with Bell having two good chances saved by Turner in the hosts goal, whilst Huddersfield remained a threat with Mallin volleying just wide of the post putting Derby on notice.

With the clock ticking down, both sides had chances to win the game but in the first minute of injury time, Derby failed to clear their lines and were punished when Mallin made no mistake this time, firing an unstoppable shot past Morgan in the Ewes goal to seal all three points for the hosts.