• Andy Moore

Inconsistent Ewe Rams Beaten by Brighouse Town

The Ewes Rams fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Brighouse Town Women on Sunday afternoon in the FA Women's National League Northern Division, despite controlling large portions of the game.

Leah Embley put the visitors in front before Amy Sims equalised, but a quick reply from Lucy Sowerby and a second half finish from Drewe Greene secured victory for the Tangerines.

Brighouse began on the front foot and brought the Ewes’ returning goalkeeper Amy Burle into action just three minutes into the game. After tussling her way into the box, Sowerby fizzed a cross into the six yard box which Burle pounced onto before spilling and reclaiming the ball to make sure of the interception.

Derby thought they had taken the lead two minutes later, but Emelia Wilson’s looping header was judged offside following Sarah Jackson’s free-kick delivery.

On 6 minutes, Brighouse took the lead. A misplaced Megan Tinsley back pass was intercepted by Sowerby in the right-hand corner of the box. Burle rushed out to pressure the forward, but Sowerby managed to prod the ball towards Embley for the finish.

Sophie Domingo went close for the Ewe Rams in the 32nd minute but could not turn in her volleyed attempt at the back post after connecting with Kira Rai’s delivery.

Following a corner minutes later, Ellie Gilliatt steered her attempt towards goal to force Becky Flaherty into a smart save. The Town ‘keeper was unable to hold onto the ball, however, leaving Sims free to tap in from close range and level things up.

The Ewes’ celebrations were short-lived, though, as Sowerby put the away side ahead once more in the 36th minute when the towering forward beat Sherry McCue to a header from close range following Greene’s pinpoint cross.

Just before the half ended, Tinsley was judged to have fouled Sowerby in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Much to Boss Sam Griffiths’ relief, the subsequent penalty was blazed over the crossbar by Sowerby and the half drew to a close with the deficit restricted to one goal.

Five minutes into the second half, the deficit was doubled through Greene. The winger took aim from range and squeezed an impressive effort into the top right-hand corner past the outstretched arms of Burle.

Gilliatt had a handful of opportunities to pull one back for the Ewes during the remainder of the half, but it was Precious Hamilton who came closest as her shot hit the post and trickled across the goal mouth before being cleared in the 71st minute.

For all the Ewe Rams endeavour, a well organised and drilled Brighouse side saw out the game and earn themselves the three points with a 3-1 victory away from home.

It was a tough one to take for Griffiths’ side, who may feel hard done to given the nature of the match, but they have the perfect chance to put it right next Sunday at Pride Park against Nottingham Forest.

Line-Up: Burle, Sims (c), Jackson, McCue, Tinsley (Miles), Wilson, Joyce, Rai, Gilliatt, Domingo (Camwell), Hamilton (May). Subs Not Used: Ward

Goals: Sims (34mins)

Player of the Match: Emelia Wilson

Match Report by University of Derby Football Journalism Student Jacob Hackett

Stats by James McCormack & Chloe Reynolds

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