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Ewe Rams Skipper Returns from Injury as Performance Picks Up

“It was important for us to not only get the three points, but get the better performance as well”, echoed Hannah Ward following the 3-1 win against Hull City LFC.

Upon her return to first team action, the captain aided her side in turning up the heat on runaway league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Sunday’s victory was more than just another game. Ward stated, “It’s very important that we pick up from our form previously.

“Obviously we know that Wolves have got to drop their points, but to keep the title race going we’ve got to keep our form going. We have to concentrate on us and getting the three points.”

It was Ellie Gilliatt’s double supported by a Megan Tinsley stunner that pushed aside Hull, and like everyone else at the Don Amott Arena, Ward was ever impressed with Gilliatt’s quality. “Ellie is top class, she’s been quality for a number on years,” noted Ward, “She could still play the league above us if she wanted to, we’re very lucky to have her experience and quality in the team.”

As always the win was a brilliant team performance, with a star studded bench supporting the starting cast, the win felt inevitable at points. For Ward that showed in the standards set throughout the squad, “We’ve got a mix of experience and youth. But the quality in the side shows, the strength in depth definitely showed today as well with the amount of subs we can make, and it doesn’t really change how we play.”

As the season comes closer to the run in, everyone is surely delighted to see award back from injury, no one more than the captain herself. “It’s really nice to get back playing with the girls, I’ve been playing with the devs to get some match fitness.

“I’ve been in and around before that, just incase. I’ve been with the girls at training and at a couple of games, but to actually be on the pitch with them out there - it’s really nice.”

Following this win, Ward and co. will travel to the Hawthorns this weekend to take on Weat Bromwich Albion Women, in the first Women’s match to be played at the stadium.

You can follow everything about the fixture on the website,

and on the Twitter at @DCFCWomen.

Written by University of Derby Football Journalism Student James McCormick

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