Derby County Ladies Football Club

Pre-Match Pack: Blackburn Rovers Ladies

Derby County Ladies continue their push for their highest ever position as they face off against dominant league leaders Blackburn Rovers in the FA Women’s National League North.

The Ewe Rams travel to Bamber Bridge Football Club this Sunday with a tough obstacle to overcome as the current first-placed side could clinch the title.

Derby have a chance at revenge after suffering a heavy home defeat at the hands of Blackburn back in November, losing by seven goals. The side has since developed however, and will be looking to spoil the party, keeping chances of a top four finish alive.

Rovers had previously looked to go unbeaten all season, until a defeat to Sunderland just a few weeks ago. The Blue and Whites followed this loss with a narrow 2-1 victory over Hull before heading into this week’s fixture.

This recent dip in form should bring confidence to a Derby side playing some very positive football. Manager Sam Griffiths seemed particularly pleased with the performance last week after clawing back a 1-1 draw in the local derby. This sort of focus and mentality will be required again this Sunday.

The Ewe Rams have lost only one game out of their last five, scoring nine goals in the process. In that same period the team have conceded five times, seeing a goal against them in every game. The team may struggle to keep a clean sheet this week again as their opponents have scored 85 goals in 18 games this season so far.

This fixture looks to be the one to watch as the season draws to a close.

Key Player: Cara Newton

The wide attacker’s pace and trickery will be imperative in match that could potentially be quite cagey. When breaking forward, Newton has been instigative to many of Derby’s successful attacks this season, carving out chances and scoring them too. If the number seven is on full form, she could be the key to unlocking a strong Blackburn defence.

Match Information

Time – Kick-Off – 2:00pm

League – FA Women’s National League Northern Division

Location – Bamber Bridge FC, Preston PR5 6UU

Entrance Price – £4 Adults, £2 Kids