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Seventh Heaven Again as Ewe Rams Progress in League Cup

Derby County Women stretched their unbeaten run to 10, after a dominant showing at home against local rivals Burton Albion with a 7-0 win to move into the next round of the Women’s National League Cup.

Sam Griffiths fielded a rotated side, but with strength through out, as Ellie Gilliatt and Precious Hamilton led the line for the hosts.

The Rams struggled to break down a resolute Burton defence in the opening stages, and their problems worsened when captain Hannah Ward hobbled off injured after seven minutes, Sarah Jackson came on to replace the skipper.

Precious Hamilton opened the scoring after 15 minutes, a ball through from Amy Sims found her forward, who turned the defender and rifled her shot into the top left corner. Derby had a second just seven minutes later, as Sims turned goal scorer on this occasion.

Megan Tinsley cannoned her shot off the bar from 30 yards out, and Hamilton was denied a second by a close range save, but the ball fell to the defender who buried it into an empty net to cushion the advantage.

Sim’s effort was the 200th goal under Griffiths management, continuing a week of accolade's following the boss’s ‘Manager of the Month’ win.

Ellie Gilliatt continued her fine goalscoring season, adding a third of the afternoon, converting from close range after a cross from Kira Rai. She added her second and Derby’s fourth straight after half-time, taking her tally to 14 for the season, and ensuring the hosts would progress in the cup.

Amy Sims found herself on the score sheet again, meeting another quality Rai cross, the winger pulling it back for Sims who steered her effort beyond the keeper, for an electric start to the second half.

It was a case of the two’s as Precious Hamilton smartly nodded home an Amy Sims cross from close range, and she gave the keeper no chance with a deft touch to add a sixth for the Rams in the derby.

University of Derby Football Journalism Scholar Lucy Copeland entered the game early in the second half to make her senior debut for Ewe Rams, as she replaced Megan Tinsley, a proud moment for Lucy, the club and the University. The youngster impressed and came close to making an early impact, but her long range effort was just wide of the post.

Griffiths’ side dominated the second half, and if it wasn’t for the Burton keeper Alice Langstone the score line would have been a lot heavier, but it was Jade Formaston who would add the seventh and final goal with 15 minutes to play, as a long-range effort found its way past the keeper.

Once the Rams found their rhythm the game was rather comfortable for the hosts, and with a semi-rotated team who dominated the affair.

Attention now focuses on FA Cup action, as the Rams host Stourbridge Ladies next weekend before a return to league action against Sheffield FC Women. Tickets can be purchased via the below link -

Player of the Match: Bolu Fisher

Line-Up: Morgan, Sims, Ward (c) (Jackson), Miles, Tinsley (Copeland), Formaston, Edwards (Joyce), Fisher, Gilliatt, Hamilton, Rai. Subs Not Used: N/A

Goalscorers: Hamilton 18mins 54mins, Sims 25mins 49mins, Gilliatt 45mins, 47mins, Formaston 76mins.

Match Report written by University of Derby Football Journalism Student Joshua Fletcher

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