Derby County Ladies Football Club

“Proud Achievement for Ewes but Work Starts Now” says Griffiths

Derby County Ladies Manager Sam Griffiths feels the club can continue to grow after they secured their highest ever position in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division with a 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers Belles last Sunday.

The Ewes ended the season in third place and level on points with runners-up Sunderland Ladies after goals from Hannah Ward, Cara Newton and Andi Bell saw the club pick up their fourth consecutive win.

Griffiths said “I thought it was a game of two halves really. We used the ball well in the first-half though I wanted us to play a bit quicker as there was quite a bit of space for us to play which suited us.

“At the break we asked the girls to just try and settle down a bit in the second-half and enjoy it and enjoy the final 45 minutes of the season but still do what they needed to do but by their faces, they knew they were not quite on the ball.

“We knew second looked to be taken out of our hands with Sunderland winning but at the end of the day we’ve got a comfortable win, got the clean sheet and finished third in the league.

“We probably got caught in the trap of knowing their was space to play behind them and we kept trying the ball over the top and we got frustrated because of their high line.

“It’s been a tough but satisfying end to the season, we’ve got the four wins on the bounce when we have had a number of injuries to contend with as many as seven or eight players out so full credit to the squad.”

That win secured a third place finish, the highest ever in the club’s history and for Griffiths it is a proud achievement that is now the foundation looking ahead to next season.

“It was a massive unknown this year in terms of a new set-up and new territory with the main club so I think the whole club from the players to the staff to the board can be proud of what we have achieved.

“It’s been a full club effort and everyone involved in the club has done their bit and hopefully we have set those standards and we can go again next year.

“We want to have that break now and reflect but the players will have their plans in a couple of weeks and will report back in June but for us staff, we don’t stop and we’ll get right to work from tomorrow.”