Derby County Ladies Football Club

Pre-Match Pack: Burnley WFC- Away

Derby County Ladies begin their 2019/20 FA National League Northern Division campaign with a trip to newly promoted Burnley WFC.

The Ewe Rams go into Sunday’s opening game of the season with high hopes of a tilt at promotion and they will want to get off to the perfect start with the league expected to have many challengers.

Manager Sam Griffiths has added 7 new faces to the squad with Hannah Ward again named as the skipper, retaining her place amongst the squad, as does record goalscorer Cara Newton and young defender Amy Sims amongst others.

Injuries will see Fans Player of the Year Emily Joyce sit out with an ACL injury and is joined on the sidelines by Lauren Cresswell and Olivia Mitcham who will all hope to play their part in the later campaign.

Speaking to DCLFC Media ahead of the match, Griffiths believes her said are ready for the campaign and won’t underestimate Burnley who will be in confident mood after their own season to remember.

Griffiths said “We’re ready and prepped as well as we can be ahead of a new season and now its putting into practise what we’ve learnt on the training pitch. We’ve strengthened our squad and added a bit of what we were missing last season and i’m excited to see where we can go.

“I think this is the strongest league we’ve ever seen and all of the teams have improved their squads and so we’re not taking anything for granted. A lot of hard work will be needed if we are to challenge and the odd slice of luck along the way too wouldn’t go amiss.

“Burnley are probably one of the tougher sides to face on the opening game of the season as they’re new to the league and will have the confidence from last season still fresh. Not knowing as much about them will also be a boost from their end and i’m expecting a close game but hopefully a win to get us off to the perfect start.”

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One of seven new signings for the Ewe Rams, Gilliatt has made the move south from Sheffield United WFC in a major coup for the Ewe Rams where she was captain and played a prominent part in their first season in the FA Women’s Championship. An experienced midfielder, she joined Sheffield United WFC from Sheffield LFC where she made over 200 appearances. An energetic midfielder with an eye for the goal, she is likely to have a major impact for the the Ewes this season and will set new standards for the squad.

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Derby County Ladies 2019/20 Squad

1. Sarah Morgan, 2. Amy Sims, 4. Sherry McCue, 5. Sarah Jackson, 6. Kelly Darby, 7. Ellie Gilliatt, 8. Hannah Keryakoplis, 9. Cara Newton, 10. Hannah Ward (c), 11. Sophie Domingo, 12. Callan Barber, 13. Leah Kellogg, 14. Nikki Ledgister, 15. Emily Owen, 17. Monique Watson, 18. Kira Rai, 19. Naomi Lawrence, 23. Lauren Cresswell, 24. Emily Joyce, 25. Olivia Mitcham.

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The Clarettes will go into the new season in confident mood after their promotion from the FA National League Division One North Division where they finished 13 points clear of second placed Brighouse Town LFC. Manager Matt Bee has added nine new signings to enhance last season’s squad and will see no reason why his side cannot have their own say again this season.

  • Manager – Matt Bee
  • Captain – Jo Holt
  • Founded – 1995
  • Home Ground – Padiham FC
  • Nickname – Clarettes
  • Home Colours – Claret & Blue
  • Last Season – 1st in FAWNL Division 1 North
  • Player to Watch – Nic Worthington

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Ground Information

  • GroundRuby Civil ArenaPadiham FC
  • Postcode – BB12 8LE
  • Directions to Ground – ​Exit M65 at Junction 8, then follow A6068 (Padiham)​At bottom of hill turn right at traffic lights and proceed up Blackburn Road into Padiham. At mini-roundabout go straight across into Holland Street and at the right-hand side of the Hare and Hounds Pub enter Well Street to ground.
  • Entry – £3 and £1 Under 16s