Derby County Ladies Football Club

Pre-Match Pack: Sheffield WFC

Derby County Ladies return to league action this weekend hoping to put behind them a late exit to local rivals Nottingham Forest in the Women’s FA Cup last weekend when they take on Sheffield WFC in the FA National League Northern Division.

A 3-2 loss to their A52 rivals was a cruel blow after coming from 2-0 behind to draw level but for boss Sam Griffiths, she lauded the character of her side but insisting that the Ewe Rams need to put a run together to build both confidence and momentum.

Griffiths said “It’s never an ideal start giving your local rivals a two goal head start and we need to do more to not allow them these opportunities that good sides will take. I was particularly disappointed with the second goal and the room the defender was giving to drive forward and get her shot away.

“Saying that, I was really pleased with how quickly we re-grouped after going two goals behind, in the past it would have taken us time to get going but we quickly got into our stride and put ourselves back in the game and gave us the momentum to get that equaliser early in the second-half.

“What we needed to do then was carry on and hit them again quickly but the equaliser seemed to galvanise them more than us and we allowed them to get back in the game. After that it was always going to be end to end, it was a proper cup tie for the neutral and one goal was going to separate us and unfortunately they got it.”

This Sunday see’s a trip to struggling Sheffield WFC and Griffiths believes the new manager affect could galvanise them after bringing in former Forest manager Graham Abercrombie but the Ewe Rams boss is hoping her side can dictate the game early.

“Sunday is a different test for us, when a new manager comes in it does seem to galvanise squads and we all know that Graham can do that anywhere across the league, he is a former title winning manager and he will get them moving forward as a side.

“We will need to be wary of that and look to control the game from an early setting and get a goal which will hopefully give the squad momentum and have that adverse effect on the opposition. Despite the result last week, I have seen an excellent response and the squad know that they are more than capable of moving themselves up the table and that starts again at Sheffield.

“We need to make sure that we up our tempo and if we can do that we can be confident of coming away with three points. We’re hoping Cara Newton may be back in the squad to build up that match fitness and we saw how Hannah Baines settled in so quickly too. Add in Ellie May who has now got international clearance to play and we have more options again.”

Sunday’s FA National League Northern Division game with Sheffield WFC is at the Home of Football (Postcode S18 2GD) and is a 2pm Kick-Off. Entry is £4 Adults and £2 Concessions

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Now in her second season with the Ewe Rams, Callan has become a key cog in the club’s midfield in the holding role where her composure on the ball and her ball winning ability have played their part already this season. Beset by injuries over the last few seasons, Callan is showing what a solid and dependable player she is now that she is fully fit and she has slotted into Manager Sam Griffiths side with ease.

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Derby County Ladies 2019/20 Squad

1. Sarah Morgan, 2. Amy Sims, 3. Megan Tinsley, 4. Sherry McCue, 5. Sarah Jackson, 6. Pilar Isanta Parcerisa, 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. Hannah Baines, 16. Ellie May, 17. Monique Watson, 18. Kira Rai, 19. Naomi Lawrence, 22. Izzy Ford, 24. Ellie Wilkinson, 25. Olivia Mitcham, 26. Emily Joyce.

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It’s been a tough second season for the World’s Oldest Club after their narrow avoidance of relegation last season and they are in need of points to ensure they do not lose their place in Tier 3 of Women’s Football. They have brought in experienced Manager Graham Abercrombie to work his magic and he will be looking to contain the threat of the Ewe Rams and pick up some valuable points to steer them clear of danger.

  • Manager – Graham Abercrombie
  • Captain – Emma Johnson
  • Founded – 2003
  • Home Ground – The Home of Football
  • Nickname – Sheffield
  • Home Colours – Red & Black
  • Last Season – 11th in FAWNL Northern Division
  • Player to Watch – Molly Johnson

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Ground Information

  • Ground – The Home of Football
  • Postcode – S18 2GD
  • Directions to Ground – Take the A38 to the M1. At junction 29 and take the A617 towards Chesterfield. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto Rother Way/A61. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A61. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on A61. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Sheffield Rd/B6057.
  • Entry – £4 Adults, Concessions £2