Derby County Ladies Football Club

Pre-Match Pack: Huddersfield Town WFC

Derby County Ladies go into Sunday’s FA National League Northern Division Match at Huddersfield Town WFC with a sense of what of been after yet another dominating performance that ended in defeat last weekend against Fylde WFC.

Despite being reduced to 10 players early in the match, Emily Hollinshead’s solitary strike for Fylde earned them all three points and left Manager Sam Griffiths a frustrated figure with much to ponder ahead of a crucial match this Sunday.

Griffiths said “I really struggled with what to say to the girls after the match, it was one of them games that you could see getting away from us as each chance went begging and the pressure was just growing all the time. We tried to get this across at half-time to them and it wasn’t for want of trying.

“It puts us in a very difficult position having lost three games already this season and the frustration is the domination that we have shown in each game has only resulted in 9 points this year and put us behind a lot of teams. The saving grace is that there are so many teams fighting for that one spot, that everyone will take points off each other.

“Our issue with that is that we have lost more than what we wanted to do already and so there is little margin for error now and we have to go to some tough places and bring back the points. It’s now about us doubling down in training and getting back out there and rectifying where our issues are.”

After heavily recruiting in the Summer, the Ewe Rams began pre-season early to help hold a new looking squad and Griffiths has been delighted with the way the side has gelled and results aside, is pleased with the development as the season goes on.

“If you take out the defeats all by a single goal, the performances are there and we are defending well and creating chances. The issues are obviously putting the ball in the back of the net and that will be a priority of ours going forward to ensure that we can still get out of this season with the targets we have.

“Our backline is settling into a solid unit. We still have an error in us and that is generally all that is costing us goals. We don’t feel that teams are breaking us down and we’re pretty settled across the defence. We’ve got plenty of goals within us too in terms of talent and so it is quite puzzling as to why in some games we’ve not put the ball in the net.

“The squad were deflated after Sunday but the one good thing that we are seeing with group is that they are collectively pulling together as a team and that spirits were back to normal at training. They are focused on putting things right and they are a strong unit with lots of characters that bring responsibility and are able to bounce back together.

“Huddersfield on Sunday will be another tough test but we have to approach it with confidence and go there and put our chances way whilst also remaining solid and breaking down a good side. We need the points and we will go there with that as our focus.”

Sunday’s trip to Huddersfield Town WFC in the FA National League Northern Division is a 2pm kick-off at the Stafflex Arena with entry at £5.

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Sherry joined the Ewe Rams at the beginning of the 2019/20 FA National League Season and is a former England Under 20 International who captained the Young Lionesses at the 2014 Under 20 World Cup. A midfield general on the pitch, Sherry is a key component of the side winning the ball back and moving the ball quickly to get the Ewe Rams on the attack. A popular member of the side with a character to match.

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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, 22. Izzy Ford, 23. Lauren Cresswell, 24. Ellie Wilkinson, 25. Olivia Mitcham, 26. Emily Joyce.

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Consistently in the top 4 of the league, Huddersfield Town WFC are another side with one eye on promotion this season and have had a good start to the season. A loss last weekend against Nottingham Forest WFC will see the Terriers in the same boat as the Ewe Rams in not wanting to lose anymore ground on the chasing pack. An attacking side that like to move the ball quickly, under Head Coach Ashley Vickers they have got a solid base throught the team and similar to the Ewes, like to get the ball out wide.

  • Manager – Ashley Vickers
  • Captain – Kate Mallin
  • Founded – N/A
  • Home Ground – Stafflex Arena
  • Nickname – Terriers
  • Home Colours – Blue & White Stripes
  • Last Season – 4th in FAWNL Northern Division
  • Player to Watch – Lucy Sowerby

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Ground Information

  • Ground – Stafflex Arena
  • Postcode – HD8 0WA
  • Directions – Get on the M1 heading North and take exit 37. Follow the A628 and A629 towards destination. Ground is on left and follow signs towards Stafflex Arena.
  • Entry – £5