Derby County Ladies Football Club

Pre-Match Pack: Burton Albion LFC (Cup)

Derby County Ladies head into their second match of the season against Burton Albion LFC in the FAWNL League Cup, with a point to prove after an opening day defeat at Burnley WFC.

Despite taking a 2-0 lead against the Northern League newcomers, the homse side hit back to secure victory with a late goal and for Ewe Rams Boss Sam Griffiths, she has already moved on after the small setback.

Griffiths said “It wasn’t how we planned or hoped it would go last week but we took it on the chin and have moved on already from that match having analysed what we did and what we didn’t do.

“We’ve said ahead of the season that its going to be probably the toughest league we’ll see this year with a number of teams in the mix and we still have hopes that we’ll be in their and we’re confident we’ll get it right starting this week with the trip to Burton.

“This week it’s Cup time and a breather from the pressures of the league but that doesn’t mean we take anything for granted. We’ve come unstuck against lower league opposition before and this is why the women’s game is growing so quickly because there are no easy games anymore.

“We need to show what kind of a side we are and we know we’ve got a bunch of new players and it takes time to gel as a team. We had a lot of possession last week but didn’t take advantage of that.

“We need to work out how to break teams down and move the ball quickly. We’ll hope to do that against Burton on Sunday and build that confidence again. We’ve had a great pre-season and last week was a blip but i’m confident we’ll be ready to show the real Derby County Ladies on Sunday.”

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Our skipper once again this season, ‘Wardy’ as she is affectionally known is the heartbeat of the Ewe Rams and has black and white running through her veins. Having played across the pitch, the captain has found her place in the defensive backline for the club and the 2018/19 Manager’s Player of the Year will be looking to lead her side into a promotion challenge in the FA National League Northern Division, driving the standards of the club forward to new levels.

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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 Brewers Ladies will be looking for an improved season after flirting with the drop in the FA Midlands Division One last season. An early setback like Derby County Ladies last week, saw them open the season with a 2-0 loss to Leicester United WFC. This local cup clash will give them a perfect chance to right the wrongs of last week and give the Ewe Rams a tough test whilst adding confidence to their squad ahead of the remainder of the season.

  • Manager – Lucy Jelf
  • Captain – Lauren Da’Casto
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  • Home Ground – Rocester FC
  • Nickname – Brewers Ladies
  • Home Colours – Yellow & Black
  • Last Season – 9th in FAWNL Division 1 Midlands
  • Player to Watch – Natasha Rothery

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Ground Information

  • GroundRochester FC
  • Postcode – ST14 5JX
  • Directions to Ground – ​From the A50 roundabout adjoining McDonalds at Uttoxeter, take the B5030 to Rocester (also signposted for Ashbourne and Alton Towers). After approximately three miles turn right at the second island (opposite the JCB factory) going over the narrow bridge into Rocester village.  At the mini-island turn right into Mill Street and the ground is 500 metres on the left, immediately past the JCB Engineering Academy (former cotton mill). Car parking to the rear of the ground. 
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