Derby County Ladies Football Club

Pre-Match Pack: WBA Women

Derby County Ladies Boss Sam Griffiths believes a break last weekend has come at a crucial time as they look to arrest a decline in their form after consecutive losses left the Ewe Rams with work to do to stay in contention for promotion this season.

Last time out saw the club defeated 5-2 at promotion rivals Huddersfield Town WFC and for the first time this season, Griffiths had no complaints with the result having been outplayed for much of the game and what she described as their worst performance of the season.

Griffiths said “We didn’t really turn up at Huddersfield despite taking an early lead. We wanted to capitalise on that lead but we quickly became sloppy in our passing and we couldn’t adapt to the conditions. That’s no excuse, it was the same for both sides and they just adapted better than us.

“We didn’t defend well as a team and again we were the architects of our own downfall with mistakes costing us. Not only that, we didn’t create anything which we have done in all our previous games. Confidence has taken a hit these past two games and we need to figure out a solution before our next game.

“We are putting the work in at training but taking it into games, there is clearly a mental block when we are going over the white line. W know the quality within this team and we know that we prepare properly so now its about looking at ourselves and our approach to give us the best opportunity to get the results.”

With no game last weekend, the Ewe Rams gave the players a rest after a busy month with their next match a midweek trip to West Bromwich Albion WFC tonight

“The previous Sunday seemed out of character for us and we’ve dominated most of our games and not got our rewards and so the break will allow us that time to refresh ourselves, get some energy back in our legs and prepare well for West Brom tonight.

“We sometimes need to step back and realise we are still a new team and up until the last game, we have been on top in most games so now it’s a good time to reflect on what is going well and try to focus on what we are doing well and get that positivity at the forefront of our minds.

“The coaching staff and myself will also do the same and we need that because we’ve somehow conspired to lose four games and yet we are generally playing well. We need to focus on what we do well which is creating chances and take that into finishing and being clinical. 

“Defensively we’ve grown each game until last weekend but we’ve had one blip in terms of performance so we’re not going to dwell on that. We’re taking responsibility collectively to cut out our mistakes and giving them the best chance to succeed and the will and determination to turn this around is so strong and I know we’ll get ourselves back on track sooner rather than later.”

The Ewe Rams are next in action on Wednesday 9th October as they take on WBA WFC in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division in a 7:45pm Kick-Off. 

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Nikki is one of the longest serving players with the Ewe Rams and is now into her 11th season with the club where she has been a consistent performer either in the heart of midfield or in a more advance role. Her tenacity and ball winning skills make her a natural born winner in the midfield of the park with over 200 appearances in the white and black. Nikki has more than earned the title of a Ewe Rams Legend and has become part of the fabric at the club both on and off the field.

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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. Ellie Wilkinson, 25. Olivia Mitcham, 26. Emily Joyce.

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The Baggies are still riding on a crest of a wave after promotion at the first attempt after the previous season’s relegation. They have taken that form into the new season and sit one place above the Ewe Rams and will be looking to put more daylight with a win tonight. They have recruited well with the capture of goalscorer Jade Arber and midfielder Nicole Nymoen from Leicester City WFC and could be the dark horses if they can continue to go under the radar in the early stages of the season.

  • Manager – Louis Sowe
  • Captain – Hannah George
  • Founded – N/A
  • Home Ground – Walsall Wood FC
  • Nickname – Baggies
  • Home Colours – Navy & White Stripes
  • Last Season – 1st in FAWNL Midlands Division One
  • Player to Watch – Jade Arber

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Ground Information

  • Ground – Walsall Wood FC
  • Postcode – WS9 9NP
  • Parking Info – Aim for the KFC, turn into the road but then keep right and drive around the KFC the ground is located at the back.  You may need to park in the large car park near the KFC as parking is limited within the ground.
  • Entry – £5 Adults & £1 Concessions