Derby County Ladies Football Club

Late Drama See’s Ewes take all Three Points

A late penalty from Andi Bell secured all three points for Derby County Ladies in a 2-1 victory in their FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division visit to West Brom Women at Boldmere St Michael’s FC.

Bell’s late strike after Georgia Hewitt had been tripped in the area, gave the Ewe Rams a deserved three points after they had been pegged back by Natalie Murray’s second-half equaliser after in-form striker Bell had given the Ewe Rams a half-time lead.

Manager John Bennett was delighted with his side’s performance and praised the veteran striker for her two goals and impact on the game.

Bennett said “It was a really good performance from us today, we gave a much better showing of ourselves compared to Thursday night against Wolves and we had chances to kill off the game and the late goal was just rewards from our point of view.

“I’ve sat and praised Andi numerous times for her professionalism, commitment and all round general play, she has been a great signing for us and today she showed her quality once again and her calmness to slot home the late penalty is a testament to her.

“I must admit I couldn’t look, we’ve been in that situation before where we should have killed the game off and in the past we have gone onto lose those games and so the character to shrug off the equaliser and continue to go for the win and then get it, was tremendous and i’m really chuffed.

“West Brom are fighting for their lives and we knew they are a side that battle to the end and in my opinion the table is false as they are a much better side than their results suggest.

“We needed to get the job done and thankfully we got it over the line today. We still have much to work on, particularly on the attacking side and we need to develop a ruthless streak but today we came with a plan for three points and we have come away happy.”

Their was one change to the line-up from Thursday’s match with Wolves as Kirsty Allen came in for her first start for the senior team in the absence of Leanne De Silva with Karagh Tait remaining alongside Kelly Kennaugh in the back four.

The Ewes started brightly as Bell and Allen linking up well to provide the latter with a chance to steer an effort on goal. Moments later Bell went close as Camilla Newton’s cross found the striker but her shot was deflected wide.

In her first competitive start for the 1st Team, Allen was next to go close, rounding the WBA goalkeeper, but under pressure and off balance, could only put her shot wide.

The deadlock was broken when the hosts failed to clear a Molly Johnson free-kick with the ball falling to Bell who volleyed the Ewes in front for a deserved lead going into the break.

Immediately after the re-start a long ball over the top caught WBA cold as Bell raced through but her shot went agonisingly the wrong side of the post to give the host a let off.

West Brom began to get a foothold in the game as they went in search of an equaliser with Murray clipping the bar after a through ball from former Ewes winger Nicole Dale.

That proved to be a warning that was not heeded as the visitors failed to clear their lines and Murray pounced to fire home an unstoppable shot to level the scores.

With both teams looking for the crucial goal that would secure the points, the game opened up with chances for Bell and Amy Sims, whilst Murray and Dale continued to cause problems for the Ewes.

That opportunity fell for the Ewes as Hewitt battled her way into the box before being tripped, earning a last-minute penalty, which Bell cooly slotted home to secure the points in a 2-1 victory taking Derby to 26 points with the visit of Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.