Derby County Football Club Women

Dobrzycki pleased with Under 20’s performance in victory over AFC Leicester

Article written by Derby University Football Journalism Student Ben Durber

Derby County Women Under 20’s/Academy manager Dan Dobrzycki reveals that he was really pleased with his sides performance in their 3-0 victory over AFC Leicester in the East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League.

A first half brace by Anya Bourne and a stunning strike by Mollie Newton sealed a comfortable three points for Derby as they picked up their second consecutive win.

After the game Dobrzycki said: “Yeah I am really pleased. We played very well in the first half. We have been going through the patterns in training and that came out today.

“We got a lot of width with the full backs, they certainly really bombed on. We were positive, brave in possession so I am really pleased with the performance in the first half.

“Then when it got a bit harder second half I thought we did well to stick in the game. We played well got the third goal and then got back in control.”

The Derby U20/Academy manager further went on to say how it was so vital that Bourne took her chances in the first period considering how AFC Leicester put in an improved performance in the second half.

“It was really important, you have got to take your chances at this level and Anya did that really well. We created a few more that we probably should have put away.

“We always know at this level teams are going to have a spell, 15, 20 minutes in a game, so it was important for us to get the advantage while we were on top.

“We need to look to kick on in the second half a bit better than we did today, but that is something to work on. Generally though, I am really pleased.”

Yesterday’s victory for Derby means that they currently sit fourth in the East Midlands Womens Regional Division One South after earning six points from a possible nine, and Dobrzycki believes that his side have made a good start to the campaign.

“It has been a really good start to the season. We lost the first game, for a lot of the girls they have played at under 18’s level.

“Some of them have just come out of kid’s football this season, so the average age is under 17 years old and they have come in and played really well. They have adapted to it well, the physicality and I thought we looked physically matching the opposition today, so I was really pleased.

“Generally we are building game on game. We played more football today than we did in the last two, so hopefully it is a sign of things to come.”