Derby County Ladies Football Club

Pre-Match Pack: Nottingham Forest LFC

Preview written by Derby University Football Journalism Student Jake Dance

The East Midlands derby is quickly approaching as Derby County ladies look to do the double over their local rivals Nottingham Forest Ladies this Sunday.

The Ewe Rams will be looking to continue their good run of games after a fantastic 4-1 away win against Guiseley Vixens that took them to third in the National League North table. The team can now take great confidence into the ‘A52 derby’ with four wins in their last five fixtures, form which is matched only by current league leaders Blackburn.

Derby manager, Sam Griffiths, shared similar thoughts on the squad’s recent displays, stating: “We’ve gone to Guiseley, who were arguably the in-form team in recent weeks and not allowed them a real sniff of a way into the game and that’s the pleasing aspect.”

With Forest on the horizon, attention switches to the local rivalry and this weekend’s opponents. “It’s been a tough season for Forest this year. They have changed Managers in recent weeks and a few of their regular players have decided to move on too,” Griffiths explained, “however, they have appointed a very talented Coach in Alena Moulton. They have some quality young players in their squad.”

The Reds have been struggling for form recently with just one win from their last five league matches, but the Derby manager remains cautious after their narrow 1-0 win at Pride Park earlier in the season.

“We are expecting a really tough battle on Sunday,” Griffiths stated, “We will need to be switched on from the start as Forest will punish you if we don’t do that … we will go there with a plan to come away with the win.”

Looking further ahead, the Ewe Rams boss is keen to push for their highest ever place in the league and stresses the importance of maintaining focus.

“We’re now in a position that we want to either stay in or even improve further and we need to keep our heads focused for the last six games of the season,” Griffiths continued, ““All our hard work seems to be coming together at the right time but that doesn’t mean we have to stop now … We need to be a team that works for 90 minutes for each and every game and we can’t get complacent.”

Key Player

Hannah Ward

The captain’s leadership, communication and defensive capabilities will be crucial in this upcoming derby. The central defender knows all about the significance of the local rivalry, having spent her entire playing career at the club, and will be integral to guiding the squad to a victory on the pitch this Sunday.

Match Details

Match Information – Kick-Off – 2:00pm

Location – Eastwood FC

Chewton St, Eastwood, Nottingham NG16 3HB

Entrance Price – £5 Adults / £2 Children & Concessions