Derby County Ladies Football Club

Pre-Match Pack: Hull City LFC

Derby County Ladies go into a busy week of football from this Sunday with three games that will hopefully see  them kick-start their league campaign with Boss Sam Griffiths under no illusions how tough the FA National League Northern Division is this season.

The Ewe Rams hit back from their loss on the opening day of the season to dispatch local rivals Burton Albion Ladies 8-1 in the League Cup lat weekend with goals from new signings Ellie Gilliatt x3, Hannah Keryakoplis x2, Sophie Domingo with Club Record goalscorer Cara Newton also adding two to her tally.

Griffiths said “Last Sunday banished the previous week’s results and we put that loss behind us and went out and did what we needed to do and clinically put our chances away. It was a tough day with the heat causing both sides issues and we were pleased to get that win on the board.

“It felt like their was less pressure and the loss the previous weekend probably did us the world of good in fact. We never go into games complacent but it probably stiffened the minds of our players in that they needed to do their jobs for the full 90 minutes and not allow teams to settle. 

“People will look at this league and think with Blackburn gone, it’s an easier league. Far from it and in fact I think its a league where teams can beat each other and that no one is going to run away with the league and every team is going to have their up games and their down games.

“We’ve got one of our down games out the way first up and we’ve responded in the right way and now we need to keep that for each game that we go into. In a couple of weeks time with games coming thick and fast, the league will start to take shape and I’m sure we’ll be in the mix.”

This Sunday see’s the Ewe Rams travel to Hull City Ladies before a midweek home match welcomes Loughborough Foxes to Mickleover Sports. On Sunday 8th September, the club will play their annual game at Pride Park against Nottingham Forest Women and Griffiths is excited ahead of an exciting week.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to the league on Sunday and picking up where we left off against Burton. We’ve had our annual photoshoot this week too and I like to sit back and watch the interaction of the players and it was fun to see them enjoying each others company, particularly with a number of new arrivals.

“A midweek game under lights is always a great way to start our home campaign and a local clash with Loughborough Foxes will give us a stern test. Hopefully we’ll get a good crowd down to watch and that we get the result we desire ahead of our trip to Pride Park.

“It’s always a special feeling to step out at Pride Park and we can’t wait to do so again in front of a large crowd. We got the result last season and we need to be on our game next weekend to do the same as they have recruited well and it will be a tough game.

“It’s different when playing at Pride park and I’m sure the run-up will be hectic, particularly for those off the pitch who are working to make the game a success. As a squad we’ll do what we need to do to be ready for that game and we’re looking forward to what will be another great occasion.”

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A thorn in the Ewe Rams side over the past couple of season is now wearing the ‘White and Black’ of Derby County Ladies this season after making the move down the A50 from Stoke City Ladies this summer. A prolific goalscorer and a Welsh International, the former Liverpool WFC striker is a constant threat when playing in whether as a striker or in the number 10 role and has already shown her threat in the final third this season with goals at Burnley WFC and at Burton Albion LFC. Fans are going to be in for a treat this season as we see Hannah fire the Ewe Rams to a promotion challenge.

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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 Tigress go into the 2019/20 season looking to improve on last season’s 10th place finish, a solid first season back in the FA National League Northern Division. Under Rachel Gay, Hull City Ladies are a side growing in confidence and have the backing of the men’s arm of the club as they continue to grow the club both on and off the pitch. They have a never say die spirit that earns them points and will be looking to go under the radar this season whilst keeping in touch with the promotion chasing clubs and looking to launch a late assault.

  • Manager – Rachel Gay
  • Captain – Joanne Symington
  • Founded – N/A
  • Home Ground – Rocester FC
  • Nickname – Tigress
  • Home Colours – Orange & Black
  • Last Season – 10th in FAWNL Division 1 Midlands
  • Player to Watch – Liberty Bott

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Ground Information

  • GroundNorth Ferriby Utd FC
  • Postcode – HU14 3AB
  • Directions to Ground – ​Set out on M1 to Junction 32 and head towards Hull on the M18. Merge onto M62 towards Hull. Onto the A63 towards North Ferriby and onto Church Road in North Ferriby.
  • Entry – £5 Adults/£4 Concessions and Free for Under 16s