Griffiths: "Rollercoaster On and Off the Pitch"
The Ewe Rams finished the season with a 2-0 win away at Sheffield FC, consolidating a record high second-place finish in the FA Women’s National League.
Manager Sam Griffiths reflected on a ‘rollercoaster’ season but said she is ultimately proud of her players despite not winning the league this year.
“Nice to finish with a win it’s been a long season. Rollercoaster on and off the pitch, in terms of obviously the men, but we wanted to come here, and we wanted to finish it off with a win”
The victory secured second place over Fylde by four points, an achievement the club can be extremely proud of, “we’ve finished second quite comfortably now which has been the club’s highest finished points and position wise so really pleased with today”
Despite a brilliant second place finish. Griffiths and her players are still gutted not to have won the league this season:
“It’s been mixed emotions, it’s the first group this season where we generally believe we can win the league. I think it’s disappointing that we’ve not done that, as a group of staff and players, however we feel finishing second, especially with everything that’s gone off a highest points finish has been absolute credit to these players.”
Yesterday’s match also saw a farewell for Ellie Gilliatt and Sherry McCue who will be retiring at the end of the season and have been a huge part of Derby’s success in recent years and will be missed by everyone:
“They’ve been a huge part of this team and club for the past three seasons. I just wish them all the best. It’ll be hard to replace them, but we have to look forward and see who we can bring in. but two unbelievable players and unbelievable people.”
Article written by University of Derby Football Journalism Student Elliot Yates