Seven Heaven for Ewe Rams in League Cup.
Derby County Women will want to look forward after a dominant display beating Lincoln City Women 7-0 at home to advance to the next round of the FAWNL Cup.
Manager Samantha Griffiths was happy with the performance and outlined her intentions for the tournament and their positive run of results to date: “We know we want to go far in the league cup, it’s one of our top targets this season to go as far as we can and we’re happy with how today went.
“It’s all about keeping the run going, it’s a shame we’ve got a break again next week and the schedule has been a bit disruptive with no game last week, a game this week and then a free week next week. For us training becomes the important thing know keeping the momentum in the camp and the girls ticking over to refine and work on the stuff we’re trying to get better at.”
Griffiths’ side beat their opponents 8-0 in a preseason friendly and produced a similar performance in this weekends victory. Speaking after the game Griffiths outlined the importance of the win: “It was a good performance, obviously the main aim to today was to win and walk away with a spot in the next round of the cup, we never want to underestimate any opposition, so we wanted to start well, and the biggest positive today was keeping a clean sheet. “
A strong Ewe Rams side got off to an early start with the goals with new signing Bolu Fisher scoring her first goal for the club.
A ball out wide found Fisher who tapped it home for the first and it was a carbon copy for the second which came on 15 minutes, giving Derby a comfortable early lead. Griffiths was pleased with Fisher’s performance and said: “It’s great obviously, we bought Bolu in for different reasons and she got a start today. She took her chance well, played well and now it’s just about getting he up to speed fitness wise.”
Ten minutes before the break they found the third through Ellie Gilliatt. Her 25th goal for the club was a superb strike from, the edge of the box that took the home side into the break 3-0 to the good.
On the hour mark Derby scored again through Amy Sims who finished off a tidy cutback from Precious Hamilton. Gilliatt scored her second less than five minutes later, before grabbing her hattrick in the 73rd minute.
“I’d love Ellie to score a hattrick every week, but we will take what we can,” Griffiths said.
“Again, I think it is important for her personally to score gaols, it’s what she thrives off so hopefully that will be a big confidence boost for her going into the next league game. “
The game was rounded off by Hamilton, who finally get her goal in the 82nd minute scoring a bullet header form a deep free kick.
On the result and the next steps for this side Griffiths mentioned the youth such as Kira Rai, Ellie May, Sophie Domingo and Olivia Edwards who all appeared form the bench: “ We want to use these games to give youngsters a run and it was great for Liv today, she’s only 16 and she came on and held herself well so yes big hopes for the future.”
Player of the Match: Megan Tinsley
Line-Up: Morgan, Sims, Tinsley, Jackson, Formaston, Joyce, Ward (c), Hunt, Fisher, Gilliatt, Hamilton. Subs: Clarke, Domingo, Rai, May, Edwards.
Goals: Gilliatt x3 Fisher x2, Sims, Hamilton
Report written by Derby University Football Journalism Student Samual Collins