Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Duo Still Eyeing Promotion Push

Article by Derby University Football Journalism Student Louise Golby

Amy Sims believes Derby County Women have the best squad in the league despite their dramatic 5-4 defeat to Sunderland at the weekend and says promotion is still in their sight.

“We’ve probably got the best facilities and the best players in my opinion,” Sims said. “With the talent in our squad we’ve got to be pushing for promotion.”

The vice-captain believes that Derby should be a Championship side but said: “The league is still so open, if a team wins they can go up one or even two places.”

Midfielder Emily Joyce said the recent re-signings of forwards Precious Hamilton and Ellie Gilliatt has left Manager Sam Griffiths “scratching her head at all the different attacking options that she’s got”.

Hamilton, just returning from six months out is a big coup for the Ewe Rams. After first leaving the club when she was 18 the striker re-signs from local rivals Nottingham Forest. She was their 19/20 top goal scorer but returns to her hometown club to help them push up the table.

Lockdown came at the right time for Hamilton, giving her a chance to complete her recovery, and offers Derby an exciting option with her ability to change the game off the bench until she is fully fit.

Gilliatt re-joins Derby after spending the first half of the season at Lincoln City Women. Due to a change in circumstances she returns to the club where she scored 18 goals during last season.

Derby currently sit third in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier, just three points behind league leaders Huddersfield. With no teams running away with the league as it breaks for Christmas it is still very much anyones to play for.

Sims said: “We’ve always had great teams in our league but usually it’s one team, like Sunderland, who have gone ahead.”

Derby are looking to get back to winning ways as they travel to face the Loughborough Foxes on Sunday, the side they have also drawn to play in their first FA cup game of the season in January.

Sims said: “We’ll be going into Sunday trying to get the three points, but also looking at their tactics to see how they play to take into the game after Christmas.”