Derby County Ladies Football Club

Nottingham Forest Ladies Match Preview ( League)


Derby County Ladies make the short trip down the A52 for their second match of the 2017/18 FA Women’s Premier League season and are in confident mood ahead of their clash with their big rivals.

A 7-0 win in the FA WPL Cup over Rotherham United Ladies gave the squad a boost going into the match and Assistant Manager Jenny Simpson says the squad have prepared well for their next test.

“Last Sunday was a good workout for the girls and we saw a little bit of everything from them in terms of a controlled start, acceleration, a fast start in the second-half, frustration and adaptability and it was pleasing that we seemed to continue to grow stronger as the game wore on. 

“Its important that we put who we are playing to the back of our minds and not get emotion involved against our biggest rivals and its a credit to the team that we have had a good week at training and have put the hard work in. 

“Hopefully the Ewe Rams fans will be out in force on Sunday and we can deliver them all three points. We know we have the quality to surprise teams this year. We’ve lost a couple of our long-term players but we’ve replaced them with experience and quality and we are growing with each game.

Derby County Ladies Squad (From)

Sarah Morgan, Zoe Millington, Hannah Ward(c), Kelly Kennaugh, Kate Wright, Emily Jeffrey, Megan Clarkson, Chloe Hutsby, Amy Sims, Molly Johnson, Shannon Weston, Camilla Newton, Lisa Giampalma, Sam Griffiths, Lauren Cresswell, Leanne De Silva, Georgia Hewitt, Nikki Ledgister, Karagh Tait, Sophia Bonser, Andi Bell, Hannah Jones, Kirsty Allen



Key Player


Andi Bell – Having moved across the A52 from our opponents, Andi has made a great start to her Derby County Ladies career with three goals in two starts, including what can only be described as an exquisite chip last Sunday against Rotherham United Ladies. Adapt at playing either wide right or down the middle, Andi’s goalscoring record when at our opponents is one of the standout features of her career and she will be hoping to add more goals for the club as well as take that first step on the coaching ladder. 


Nottingham Forest Ladies – A View on the Opposition

It’s been all change at the club since the end of last season with a new Manager in Graham Abercrombie, an experienced campaigner at this level and a former FA WPL Champion. The squad have seen a number of changes too with a few players joining that have played under Abercrombie and he will know how they operate. 

They have started the season well with a win over newcomers Guiseley Vixens, a draw against Bradford City as well as putting seven goals past Leeds United Ladies in the WPL Cup last weekend. This season is likely to be a containing season for Abercrombie seeing what his squad can do before knowing where to improve ready to challenge next season. 

Manager – Graham Abercrombie

Key PlayerAmy Dicken – Having followed manager Graham Abercrombie across the Midlands from West Brom Women, Dicken has started her Forest career with a couple of goals and knowing the Manager’s style of play will be key and her influence will be seen across the squad. 

Match Information – Kick-Off – 3:00pm


Basford United

Mill Street Playing Field,

Greenwich Avenue




Entrance Price – Adults £3 / Kids & Concessions £1.50 / Family £6

Directions to Basford United

  • From M1 Junction 26
  • Follow A610 to Nottingham for 1.3 miles, passing over one roundabout.
  • Turn left at the second roundabout onto Cinderhill Road following signpost to Bulwell.
  • After a quarter of mile turn right into Bagnall Road, and a further half a mile turn left into Greenwich Avenue, the entrance to the ground is straight ahead.