Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Settle for Point at Fylde

Derby County FC Women battled back to earn a 1-1 draw with AFC Fylde Women in a feisty encounter in the FA National League Northern Division.

On a historic day in which the club announced a name change, subject to FA Approval, Callan Barber’s late penalty extended the Ewe Rams unbeaten streak to 7 games.

Manager Sam Griffiths whilst pleased with her side’s character to battle back for a point, felt that a slow start from the Ewe Rams cost them all three points.

Griffiths said “It was a game of two halves I think and I didn’t think we were great, irrelevant of the referee’s decision and we performed well below our standards in the first-half.

“I can’t fault their desire and character to get back into the game and we were perhaps unlucky not to nick it in the end with a couple of chances and not having two of your best defenders and having to put players who have never played at the back, it was a testament to come away with a point.”

The Ewe Rams had two enforced changes with injury to Megan Tinsley and with Sarah Jackson absent, there was a re-call for Sherry McCue who slotted into a unfamiliar left-back position and Nikki Ledgister.

It was the hosts that started brightest but could only muster half chances as the Ewe Rams make-shift defence kept them at bay. At the other end there were half chances for leading scorer Hannah Keryakoplis and Jodie Michalska.

It was the hosts that got the opening goal in controversial fashion as Danni Young’s free-kick was adjudged to have crossed the line by the Assistant Referee through a melee of players.

That gave the Coasters a 1-0 lead heading into the break with an improved performance needed in the second-half by Derby County FC Women.

Early intent by the Ewe Rams came as they went i search of an equaliser and with tackles flying in from both sides, tempers got frayed as tension mounted for both sides.

As the game entered it’s final period, the visitors got their equaliser as a handball in the box gave Barber the chance to level the scores and the midfielder confidently dispatched the penalty.

The Ewes were now on the front-foot and could have snatched the win as Sophie Domingo’s late chance went begging with the winger stretching to reach a Ellie Gilliatt cross on the full and firing over.

However, in the end the newly-named Derby County FC Women had to settle for a point with Griffiths still believing it is all to play for in the battle for second place in the league.

“It’s still all to play for and it’s all in our hands and we can only do what we are trying to do and have been doing on the whole recently and that is winning games.

“There’s not really been any results that have gone against us today and other clubs have a lot of games to play in a short space of time so we’ll get back to training and continue to work hard.”