Ewe Rams Held at Home but Remain Top
Derby County Women hosted third placed AFC Fylde Women on a chilly afternoon at the Don Amott Arena, with the sides playing out a 0-0 stalemate in the FA Women's National League Northern Division.
The result maintained the Ewe Rams place at the top of the table but they were left to rue a number of missed chances in a game they largely dominated but for a resolute defensive display by the Coasters.
The hosts started the brightest, with Sophie Domingo, Precious Hamilton and Ellie Gilliatt all having good efforts in the opening 15 minutes as they looked to edge further ahead of the change pack.
Derby continued to dominate the first half, with several chances for the forwards, yet the Fylde defence were always equal to the Rams forward line, and despite their efforts, the hosts couldn’t find a way through.
Fylde adjusted after the break as the looked to build into the game but as time wore on, they once again felt the pressure in the second-half exchanges as chances for the hosts racked up again, but again were unable to convert past an impressive Fylde backline.
The visitors never fully got a stranglehold on the game, but a couple of chances forced Sarah Morgan into a couple of comfortable saves.
Domingo impressed on the wing, and deservedly won the Player of the Match award, but her efforts for the 90 minutes were unfortunately unfruitful as the Ewes had to settle for a point that keeps them ahead of the pack.
The Ewe Rams were given a scare when Megan Tinsley pulled up late-on, but manager Sam Griffiths eased nerves after the game, suggesting it was just a bit of cramp, likely due to the near-freezing temperatures.
Next-up for Derby County Women is a trip to Middlesbrough Women on the 19th December where they will look to maintain their spot at the top of the Northern Division table.
Line-Up: Morgan, Sims (c), Miles, Jackson, Tinsley (Rai), McCue, Joyce, Formaston, Domingo, Gilliatt, Hamilton. Subs Not Used: Edwards, May.
Player of the Match: Sophie Domingo
Match Report by University of Derby Football Journalism Student Joshua Fletcher