• Andy Moore

Ewe Rams Dominate Terriers in FAWNL

Derby County Women hit back from last week's disappointment to complete the double over Huddersfield Town Women in the FA Women's National League Northern Division with a 3-0 win at the Don Amott Arena.

Ellie Gilliatt made an impact from the bench on her return from injury, with a second-half brace after Sophie Domingo's strike on the stroke of half-time had give the Ewe Rams a lead at the break.

Derby knew that they had to beat Huddersfield Town to consolidate their position towards the top of the Northern Premier Division and keep their chances of promotion alive. The Rams knew how tough their opposition are, with the Terriers on a four game win streak, and hadn’t suffered a league defeat since January.

Following their defeat to West Bromwich Albion Women at the inaugural women’s game at The Hawthorns last Sunday, the Ewe’s knew the importance of this fixture. The Rams left The Hawthorns extremely disappointed, following some basic errors and poor finishing costing them defeat.

Derby made a solid start to the game, dictating the momentum and pace of the match, but were stopped in their tracks as Emily Joyce was forced off after 12 minutes with an ankle injury, and was replaced by Club Captain Hannah Ward.

The deeper into the first half we got, the more the hosts became more in control and started to create better chances. Kira Rai, Sophie Domingo, and Jade Formaston all had good opportunities, but couldn’t convert past Bethany Davies in the Huddersfield goal.

Sophie Domingo broke the deadlock just before half-time, with a low driven effort past Davies. Domingo had a tough time in front of goal at The Hawthorns, and had been denied earlier in the game, and she deserved her goal on Sunday.

Huddersfield started the brightest in the early second-half but a solid Ewe Rams backline kept the hosts at bay and it was Ellie Gilliatt making her return, after missing the trip to the Hawthorns with an injury, just before the hour mark that doubled the lead.

A long -range effort from 25 yards out just after the hour mark with a superb dipping effort.The second goal consolidated Derby’s grip of the game, and the goal seemed to take the wind out of the Terriers Women.

Gilliatt added her second of the game, with another long-range strike that left Davies with no hope, to seal the victory. The Rams came close to a fourth, and another Gilliatt hattrick on the 87th minute, as her effort struck the underside of the bar, some fans jumped up to celebrate the fourth, but it wasn’t to be.

A much-needed win and performance from the Rams to keep the pressure on at the top. Derby host Brighouse Town next weekend, and will hope to carry on their momentum.

Line-Up: Morgan, Sims (c), Jackson, Tinsley, McCue, Wilson (May), Rai (Gilliatt), Joyce (Ward), Formaston, Hamilton (Camwell), Domingo (Rhodes-Andrews).

Goals: Domingo 43mins, Gilliatt 61mins & 80mins

Player of the Match: Sherry McCue

Match Report by University of Derby Football Journalism Student Joshua Fletcher

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