Derby County Ladies Football Club

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The weather played a big part in the game with all four seasons being represented during the game, with the wind being the major factor, so much so that you could imagine the ball ending up in the net direct from a goal kick.

Derby started the first half with the wind in their favour. Ella had the Ewe’s first shot from the edge of the box that just went over as Derby pegged the home side back.

The Ewes took the lead soon after, Ella the Moza Lady of the Match jinxed her way past a couple of defenders to score at the near post.

She soon doubled her tally and doubled Derby’s lead as Nicola’s free kick was fumbled by the keeper and the diminutive midfielder stooped to head home.

The home side was finding it near impossible to get out their half, however on one such foray the number 14 flashed the ball across the Derby box, but nobody could apply the finishing touch.

Knowing a two-goal lead wouldn’t be enough, the Ewes went on the offensive. Ella beat two players but her shot went narrowly wide. Amy's free kick was saved by the keeper before Nicola’s free kick went just wide.

Nicola then bent a corner in on goal that only just cleared the crossbar but the midfielder wasn’t to be denied and she finally got the goal her persistence deserved when her shot deceived the keeper to nestle in the bottom corner.

The second half started like the siege of the Alamo as Coventry looked to take advantage of the conditions. It didn’t take them long to open their account as the number 18 scored from a ridiculously tight angle putting the ball in off the crossbar and post.

As the Ewes started to establish a grip in midfield and push forward, they were hit by two quick goals. From a throw, no-one attacked the ball and the number 3 pounced to reduce the arrears and almost straight from the kick off the Ewes conceded a corner and the number 11 netted at the far post.

Thankfully, the Ewes held their nerve and started to push the home side back. Creating chances themselves the Ewes began dominating the ball. Lydia and Steff K combined well but were thwarted at the death.

When the winner came it was no more than Derby deserved. Despite heavy sleet Ella beat two players to score with a great strike and claim her second hat-trick of the season.

Victory over Coventry saw the Ewes become only the second team to register victories against every other Central Warwickshire Premier League teams this season.

Manager Hannah Freeman said “The girls played the 1st half with some great passing to create lots of opportunities. They also battled well in the 2nd half against the driving wind and rain to get the job done and gain a well-deserved 3 points. “