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The Devs continue their impressive form as they move to the top!

Derby County Women Development continued their unbeaten league run at home in a 1-0 win over a strong Stourbridge FC side.

The Ewes, now top of the FA Women's National League Reserve Midland Division, conceded very few chances and created several efforts but until late on it looked destined to end goalless.


The first half was a nervy affair at Moor Farm as both sides looked to grasp the game but neither could get the ball in the back of the net from their chances.


A lengthy stoppage in the opening minutes due to a Stourbridge injury cut up the tempo of the match but as the game progressed Derby found themselves on top.


Lots of the Ewe’s chances would come via the wings where either Iesha Rollins or Alex Harding would whip a cross in from the right-hand side to find top-scorer Isabel Sheridan.


The best of these came just before the 40-minute mark when Sheridan had a first-time attempt from the penalty spot that was well saved by the Stourbridge goalkeeper from close range.


Shouts for a Derby penalty would go up from the sidelines as Rollins battled for the ball in the box and her resulting effort appeared to be controlled back to the keeper by a defender's arm, but the referee waved it away.

Rollins would continue to get herself into dangerous positions when she almost capitalised on a mistake from the Glassgirls defence, but the goalkeeper was quick to recover and hastily blocked the effort.


The second half opened into an even contest into the second half with neither side having enough of the ball in the opening ten to cut out a clear shot on goal.


Derby looked set to open the scoring just before the two-thirds mark though when a cross into the Stourbridge box completely evaded any bodies in blue, but no Ewes player could get a head on it at the back post to nod into an open net and it remained 0-0.


The chances would continue to fall Derby's way with a corner finding Laura Monk free at the back post, but she just could not get it towards goal.


Frustration with the game was starting to settle in but euphoria would finally hit for Derby as the deadlock was broken late on with Amelia Towers cutting inside and firing the ball into the opposite corner for 1-0.

The lead was almost doubled when Towers took down a fantastic ball from Sheridan, dribbling past two defenders but her shot was tame into the gloves of the keeper.


The Development Side now have a two-week hiatus before facing Sporting Khalsa Reserves away on 27th November in a 14:00 kick-off at the Guardian Warehousing Arena.


Report by Riley Somerville


Post-match – Amelia Towers

Derby County Women Development captain Amelia Towers believes her side can continue their fine start to the season following their 1-0 victory over Stourbridge at Moor Farm Training Ground.


Towers was also the match-winner in the game, as her strike in the second half meant the Ewes claimed all three points to continue their unbeaten start to the league season.


Although her side claimed victory, Towers admitted that they had to be patient in making an opening in the game as they struggled to break down a resolute Stourbridge side but admitted the team spirit was always there for them to claim the points.


“Yeah, it was quite difficult in truth,” admitted Towers. “It was difficult out there, but the team battled away well, and, in the end, I feel we got what we deserved.


“We only needed one chance from somewhere and we all worked really hard for it but at the end of the day, it was all about the win and we ended up getting it so we’re all really happy.”


In the game, it was Derby that had a lot of the ball and was the more likely of the two sides to make an opening, but a strong Stourbridge setup frustrated the hosts for large spells.


Eventually, captain Towers managed to make the breakthrough in the second half, with her cutting inside in the box and placing the ball in the back of the net at the far post.


Following the game, Towers explained how the victory for the Ewes increased the confidence levels amongst the squad, despite already being high following an excellent start to the season.


“The confidence in the squad is massive at the moment, we’ve got a good group of players here,” she explained. “We won last week and that was good in terms of our confidence.


“It was great to pick up another three points today as well which upped our confidence even more heading into future games.


“We were confident before the game and now, we’re confident we can give anyone a game.”

Following the result at Moor Farm, the attention of the Ewes turns towards their trip to Sporting Khalsa Reserves in a couple of weeks’ time.


Ahead of the fixture, Towers has explained how the game could test the character of the squad but along with that, how their recent unbeaten run has given them the confidence to go there and get another good result.

“It’s another difficult game coming up,” she explained. “It is another that is going to test the character of the squad and how we can approach the game as we have had with the others.

“I think after our recent run of form, however, we think we will be alright.”


Post-match by Jordan Richards




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