Derby County Ladies Football Club

Pre-Match Pack: Middlesbrough WFC

Pre-Match Pack by Derby University Football Journalism Student Greg Ahrens

Derby County Ladies face a top four rival as they welcome Middlesbrough Women FC to Mickleover Sports FC.

With four games to go Derby can still finish in their highest ever league position. This Sunday they face Middlesbrough with the chance to move within three points of second place.

Derby sit four points behind Middlesbrough, who are third having played two games more than the Ewe Rams. Sam Griffiths side will be hoping to close the gap to just one point.

Sam said “Middlesbrough was a fantastic opening game for us and gave us a great acid test to see where we are as they have been a consistent thorn for a number of seasons now.

“However, we knew that it was the opening game of the season and that there was going to be plenty of ups and downs across the season.

“It was surprising to see them struggle early on but it’s clear they have got back to the dangerous side we expected them to be and I have been ensuring that we are switched on and focused for Sunday and that we do what we can do and take the points.

“Middlesbrough have always been known as an attacking side and we need to contain them as they like to pull numbers forward. They have pace as well and that has caught us out in the past but I do feel that we have the players to read that aspect of their game and I’m confident we can defuse that.”

The sides last faced each other in the season opener in August, a brilliant 3-0 win for the Ewe Rams. Nikki Ledgister gave Derby the perfect start to the campaign with her tenth minute opener. Andi Bell extended the lead in the first half before a debut goal from Jodie Redgrave secured the win.

Middlesbrough come into this game fresh from a 3-1 win over Derby’s neighbours Nottingham Forest Ladies. Having won four of the last five the Boro are undoubtedly the form side in the National League North.

Derby are in good form themselves claiming 16 out of the last 24 points available.

Sunday afternoon will be the Ewe Rams’ first home game since March 10th following a run of tricky games on the road. Derby took four points from games at Guiseley and Forest before a brave display in defeat at champions Blackburn.

However, the next three fixtures for Derby, are all home games at the Dom Amott Arena. With the season drawing to a close, the home advantage is something the Ewe Rams will look to capitalise on

One to Watch – Jodie Redgrave

The attacking midfielder is chomping at the bit to get on the scoresheet and has come close in recent matches, none more so than her thunderous strike against Notingham Forest Ladies that almost secured the Ewes the points a few weeks ago. Redgrave has hit four goals for the club this season and will be looking to add to her tally before the end of the season and this fiery star means business and today could be the day!

Match Day Details

Kick-Off – 2:00pm

Status – FA National Women’s League Northern Division

Venue – Mickleover Sports FC

Address – Station Road, Mickleover, DE3 9FB

Entrance Price –

Adults £3 and Kids £1

DCLFC Academy Players – Free

DCFC Season Ticket Holders – Free (On Production of their season ticket)

Match Programme – £2.50 (Includes Raffle)D

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