Derby County Ladies Football Club

Pre-Match Pack: Nottingham Forest WFC

Derby County Ladies go into Sunday’s marquee game against Nottingham Forest WFC at Pride Park Stadium in top form after a third straight win saw them beat Loughborough Foxes 5-0 and move within a point of the league leaders.

With 19 goals scored and just 2 conceded in the last three games, the Ewes will face a Forest side that also scored 5 on Thursday night leading to Ewe Rams boss Sam Griffiths knowing that a tough battle is on the cards.

Griffiths said “We’re very happy with the win on Thursday, we started the game much better and with a 4 goals scored before the break, it effectively ended the contest. We’d have liked to have scored more in the second-half but we were denied by a good goalkeeper and also rated key players after the break.

“Today’s game with Forest will be a battle and we’ve both recruited heavily over the summer and they picked up their first win and so will be confident in turning up at Pride Park and getting a result so we will need to be ready and focused.

“It’s going to be just like any other game once we walk over the white line onto the pitch and yes its a great occasion and an honour to play at the stadium and in front of a huge crowd but we need to give them our full commitment on the pitch and so we won’t be doing anything different to what we normally do.”

Ewe Rams Chief Executive Duncan Gibb cannot wait to return to Pride Park on Sunday and believes the support Derby County have given us, shows why the ‘OneClub’ mantra is in full swing.

“We are delighted to be back at pride Park on Sunday, its a special occasion for everyone involved within the club from the Board of Directors, right down to our youngest age group in our thriving Academy. It’s a proud moment for all of us who work so hard to bring this club forward.

“We couldn’t do that without the support of Derby County and their team behind the scenes, they have fully embraced us as a club and we are a firm part of the club. It’s been a journey with them and they can see the merits of having us as a part of the club and they show that in everything they do.

The fans are coming out in force once again and we are looking forward to hopefully repeating last seasons result and picking up the three points. It will be tough as they are another side that have invested heavily and get strong backing from their main club.

“Our victory on Thursday night showed as a club how much we have come on in recent years and to have the quality of players we have on show is brilliant for all involved. We are looking to take that next step in the football pyramid and we’re confident that we are on the right tracks.

“A lot of work goes on from those within the club and we’d be lost without our great volunteers, whether that is us as a Board of Directors, our great volunteers and right through to our players and coaches, so I want to pay tribute to them and thank them for their hard work.”

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Joining the Ewe Rams at the beginning of the 2019/20 FA Women’s National League Northern Division season, ‘Jacko’ has settled into a new-look defensive unit with consummate ease and her experience from further up the pyramid has seen the former Leicester City WFC defender play her part in a miserly backline that has conceded just 5 goals this season to date. A calm and composed centre-half, her reading of the game shows she has experience beyond her years and she will be looking to help play her part in a hopeful promotion challenge this season.

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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. Emily Joyce, 25. Olivia Mitcham.

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It’s been all change at our local rivals down the A52 this season with new coach Andy Cook making a number of new signings after increased investment from the main club in the off-season. A disappointing start in the opening two league games arose, but they bounced back in emphatic fashion in midweek, putting five goals past Sheffield FC Ladies and former Ewe Rams player Precious Hamilton adding on a hat-trick on the night. This afternoon the will be looking to gain revenge after last season’s loss at Pride Park.

  • Manager – Andy Cook
  • Captain – Lyndsey Harkin
  • Founded – N/A
  • Home Ground – Eastwood CFC Commplex
  • Nickname – Foret
  • Home Colours – Red & White
  • Last Season – 9th in FAWNL Northern Division
  • Player to Watch – Precious Hamilton

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Ground Information

  • GroundPride Park Stadium
  • Postcode – DE24 8XL
  • Entry – £3 Adults and £1 for Under 18s – Tickets can be purchased from the Ticket Office on the day of the game from 11am.