Derby County Football Club Women

Academy Boss Praises Skipper After Win Takes them Top

Derby County Women Under 20s/Academy manager Dan Dobrzycki expressed his delight over captain Anya Bourne’s performance in his side’s 4-0 home win over Coalville Town Ravenettes Ladies on Sunday.

The Derby skipper bagged two goals, making it five in her last three and her second brace in as many home games, as the Under 20s cruised to their third victory of the season. 

Dobrzycki was keen to highlight the forward’s standout performance after the game, saying that he was “delighted with her” with her goals powering his side to the top of the table. 

“Anya’s brilliant, she is a very good player,” said Dobrzycki. “She has been training with the first team once a week and that must be helping her but she’s just fantastic.  

“Anya is not the loudest player, but she leads by example and that’s why she’s the captain and fully deserved her goals today. 

“I think to take the one she did, right before half-time when we weren’t playing well, just showed that little bit of quality [in her].” 

Assessing the overall performance, the U20s manager was pleased but was honest in his assessment of what he thought was a “very slow” first-half performance. 

Dobrzycki said: “Overall, I’m pleased, it was the cliché of a game of two halves because we weren’t particularly pleased with how we were playing [in the first half]. 

“There were some good patterns in there but as a general performance we didn’t have the intensity that we wanted.  

“In the second half, we stamped our authority on the game a little bit more and got on the ball, the full-backs got higher and we dominated the game a little bit more, so overall I am pleased.” 

The U20s second consecutive home win followed a positive 2-2 draw away to Notts County Women, and despite guiding his team to the top of the league after the opening five fixtures, Dobrzycki refused to get ahead of himself when speaking about the U20s title chances. 

“I think it’s too early and I think it will depend on how healthy we stay,” continued The Derby U20/Academy manager. “I think if we are being honest if we look at Notts County who have been up there for a long time, they might be that little more experienced and that little bit more clinical.  

“We got four today it could’ve been more but we’re going to take it game by game and having seen the standard of the league now we’ll never go into a game not looking to win it.” 

Up next for the Derby Women U20s is a difficult away trip to second-placed Ilkeston Town Ladies as Dobrzycki’s side look to extend their unbeaten run to four games and assert their dominance at the top of the East Midlands Womens Regional Division One South.