Baggies Stalemate but Unbeaten Run Extended
Derby County Women extended their unbeaten streak to eight games, and now have six consecutive clean sheets, after a tense 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
Both teams started brightly in the opening exchanges, but it was the visitors who had the best of the chances, as Rams goalkeeper Charlotte Clarke made a number of crucial saves to keep the scores level.
In-form striker Ellie Gilliatt continued to impress, forcing Poppy Bastock to make an impressive save after 30 minutes, to deny the hosts an opener
Sophie Domingo looked sharp on the right-hand side for the hosts, drawing a foul and yellow card from Albion’s Hannah George, but the Rams were unable to convert from the wingers’ opportunities.
The hosts made a change at half time, converting to a back four and adding an extra striker to the mix, as Precious Hamilton returned to her first minutes since her injury, and the Rams looked immediately better; Ellie Gilliatt forced Bastock into another save minutes after the second half kicked off.
The Rams looked much sharper in the second period, and Sherry McCue nearly opened the scoring, with the keeper needing to make another save to deny Derby.
Megan Tinsley, Amy Sims and Hamilton all had opportunities in a flurry of madness Infront of the Albion goal, but the ball somehow failed to find the back of the net and the visitors cleared.
Sims and Hamilton both had chances late on for Derby, but couldn’t find the net, and some impressive defending from Sarah Jackson ensured the scores were level, after a mistake at the back from the County defence.
A draw was the fairest result on the balance of play, both teams shared a number of strong opportunities but couldn’t convert, and the rams may have netted on a number of occasions if not for a dominant display from Albion keeper Poppy Bastock.
Player of the Match: Sherry McCue
Line-Up: Clarke, Sims, Jackson, Miles, Ward (c) (Hamilton), Tinsley, McCue, Formaston, Joyce, Domingo (Rai), Gilliatt. Subs Not Used: Morgan, Fisher, May.
Match Report by University of Derby Football Journalism Student Joshua Fletcher