Ewe Rams Ready for East Midlands Derby
The East Midlands Derby is back in town, as Derby County Women face off against Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon at Pride Park Stadium in the FA Women's National League Northern Division.
The Ewe Rams are looking to get one over on Forest for the second time this season, following the 2-0 victory at the City Ground in October.
That win came thanks to Emily Joyce's opener on 42 minutes, followed by Ellie Gilliatt’s stunning free kick just before half time. Charlotte Clarke rounded off a successful day by saving a penalty to take both the three points and bragging rights back to Derby.
Manager Sam Griffiths was upbeat for the showdown, as she said “Occasions like that are always something to look forward to. It’ll be a nice occasion for the players and women’s football in general so I’m looking forward to it.”
"Forest are currently fourth in the FA Women’s National League North with only three points separating the visitors and ourselves in second.
"They’re in good form winning four out of their last five matches in the league after a difficult start to the season, with the bounce coming after their exit from the Women’s FA Cup in the Fourth Round."
Derby are looking to react off the back of our 3-1 loss to Brighouse Town on Sunday. The players are looking forward to the prospect of playing at Pride Park, particularly defender Sarah Jackson; “ You’ve got to look forward to it.
“It’s a big game, it’s at Pride Park. If that doesn’t get you excited, then you shouldn’t be playing football.
"A win for Derby would put us six points clear of Forest in 4th and only three points behind leaders Wolves, and of course would complete a resounding double against our arch-rivals for this season."
Tickets for this afternoon's game with Nottingham Forest Women at Pride Park Stadium can be bought from the Ticket office, open from 12 Noon until Kick-Off.
Article Written by University of Derby Football Journalism Student Elliot Yates