Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Remaining Fixtures Released

Derby County Women resume their FA Women’s National League Northern Division campaign with a trip to Sunderland Ladies on the 13th December looking to continue their positive start during the period before lockdown.

The Ewe Rams season was put on hold at the beginning of the second national lockdown with 8 games of the season played and sit just three points off top spot and with fixtures for the remainder of the season now released, Manager Sam Griffiths is hoping to pick up where they left off.

Griffiths said “We’d just got some momentum going when the league was put on hold and add into that we’d brought a top goal-scorer into the club in Precious Hamilton and we were just itching to see her in action so it was a bit of a blow but it is what it is.

“Now we’ve been given the go ahead to resume football, we can get back to training next week and hopefully pick up where we left off. I think we’d started to find our stride and we were firmly in the mix and had put in some solid performances but still searching for that next gear.

“We’ve been keeping ourselves going on an individual basis and via zoom sessions with Matt (Mayer) our Strength and Conditioning Coach and you could see the effort was where we wanted it to be and that there was 100% focus to be ready when the go ahead was given.”

Now the fixtures for the second-half of the season have been released, Griffiths has one eye on the rest of the season but doesn’t stray far from the one game at a time mantra she has been a big believer off throughout her time in the hot-seat.

“It’s been different this season, in the past we’ve always had fixtures planned at the start of the season but often, games were changed or swapped around and were pretty fluid so nothing could really be planned well ahead of time as games could change within a week of being played.

“This season the aim of the league is to ensure that each team has played each other once in case there is another annulment of the season and so our next three games will all be against teams, we have yet to play which logically has been good for consistency.

“I’m never one to plan ahead for games, we take each game at a time and I think that is great for us as managers because we can fully focus on our next opponents and can plan our own style of play. Everyone knows about each other in this league to a degree so it’s more about looking at how we approach each game.

“Sunderland are next up for us and we know they are a good side; they have been consistently the best side for the last few seasons but have been reeled in a little this year. They will be wanting to re-assert themselves for the rest of the season and so we need to be fully focused to come away with the result we want.”

The Ewe Rams will head into the Christmas break after the Sunderland fixture with play set to resume on the 3rd January with a likely FA Cup fixture.

Other standout fixtures include the A50 derby under the lights on the 27th January against Stokey City Women and the Valentine’s Day East Midlands Derby as Nottingham Forest Women make the journey to Derbyshire.

The final home game of the season will see a home fixture against Sunderland Ladies on the 18th April.

Fixtures for all of our games can be found via this link