Derby County Football Club Women

A Look Ahead with Sam Griffiths

After an enforced layoff due to a second lockdown, the Ewe Rams get back to action this afternoon with a tough trip to the North-East to take on Sunderland Ladies in the FA Women’s National League Northern Division.

Sitting in 3rd place in the table, Manager Sam Griffiths is hoping to pick-up where they left off after building some momentum before the break though is under no illusions of the task in hand.

Griffiths said “This year is the gift that keeps on giving isn’t it? It’s been one thing after another but we’re looking forward to being back in action today and thankful that we can hopefully put the last month behind us.

“If I’m being honest, we couldn’t have picked a harder match to start back with, I know Mel (Reay, Sunderland Ladies Manager) well and she’ll have her team well drilled and ready to go from the off.

“That means we’re going to need to be at the top of our own game if we want to come away with the points and keep ourselves in the hunt for promotion.

“We’re excited to have an almost full strength squad available, and having Ellie (Gilliatt) and Precious (Hamilton) back in for the 1st time gives us lots of options and i’m hoping that will inspire us to the performance we want to give and the three points we want.”

With such a tight division so far with lots of teams searching for that golden ticket to the FA Women’s Championship, Griffiths believes that the team that can put a run of results together, will be the team in pole position come the end of the season.

“I think we’ve seen across the league so far that all teams are capable of beating each other and that no one has yet to put their stamp down on the league and it’s all to play for.

“Ourselves, we’d put a couple of results together and then slip up and going into this next period and putting a string of results together, could be the difference in winning this league.

“We can only control our own destiny and that means focusing on what our strengths are and putting our own stamp on games. I believe in this squad and bringing in a couple of extra faces has given us a lift and now we just want to get back down to business.”

Today’s game is behind closed doors but you can follow the build-up and action on Twitter by following us @DCFCWomen from 12 Noon.