Derby County Women kick off their National League North campaign this Sunday as Sam Griffith’s side take on Burnley FC Women at home.
Derby finished second in the league last year and their opening day opponents ended up fourth, providing a spectacle for two of the best teams in the league to face off early on.
The Clarets ran out 1-0 victors at the end of January when the Ewes visited the Lancashire FA County Ground, but in August of 2021 it was Derby who claimed victory. The 2-1 win was achieved through goals from Ellie Gilliatt and Emily Joyce.
Looking ahead to this season, the Ewes are keen to open their account with a win, after a summer which has seen a change in ownership in the larger club. The exciting transition has seen a core of the squad retained from last season, who are looking to approach the new season head on.
Burnley have seen their women’s side transition gradually with success over the last few years, including the appointment of Jonathan Morgan as First Team Head Coach. Formerly of Leicester City, Morgan has led his previous side to the FA Women’s Championship title in 2020/21 and has Women’s Super League experience as a result.
HOW TO WATCH
Anticipating an excited home crowd following a thrilling summer of women’s football at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, the Ewes are excited to kick off the new season in front of a home crowd at the Don Amott Arena, on Sunday at 2pm.
Tickets are available via the DCFCW website, Twitter account and on the door, including free entry for all Derby County FC season ticket holders, simply turn up at the gates with proof of the season ticket for admission.
Coverage of the match will also be provided on the Twitter (@DCFCWomen) and Instagram (derbycountyfcwomen), as well as new and exclusive commentary coverage on BBC Sport, through the website and the app, taking the ways to follow the game to an entirely new level.
Come on you Ewes!