Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Welcome Loughborough Foxes to Start 2020/21 Season

Derby County Women will start their 2020/21 FA National League Northern Division campaign with a home fixture against Loughborough Foxes on Sunday September 20th.

The Ewe Rams will return to action for the anticipated season with a fixture that earned them maximum points last season and Boss Sam Griffiths is hoping that they can start the season positively and welcomes the return to competitive action.

Griffiths said “We’re all very pleased that we are going to get the season up and running and we are happy to get back on familiar turf straight up and we’ll look to build between now and then and get an early win on the board against a tough side.

“We’ve been training well in the early stages of pre-season and we’ve put together a few positive performances in our behind closed doors friendlies but as ever with them, it’s more about getting game time under our belts and building to be ready for the first game of the season.

“Loughborough will be a tough return for us and so we will need to be ready, we know they will be ready and will be wanting to show their development since we beat them last season. We saw in the return fixture how tough it will be to break them down but I’m positive we’ll be ready.”

The Ewe Rams will experience their first East Midlands derby of the season the following week, when they make the trip to Nottingham Forest Women on the 27th September before a mid-week home tie with A50 rivals Stoke City Women a few days later and Griffiths knows the key to a good season is a good start.

“It’s fair to say that their are no easy games in this league anymore, it is so competitive and yet taking on local rivals Nottingham Forest and Stoke City within the first few games is certainly a tough start and we will need to be on our game early to ensure we get off to the right start.

“That is what arguably held us back last season, we didn’t get off to the best start and we had to claw it back later in the season, so if we can start better this year, we’ll be in a better position and hopefully build that momentum that we had towards the end of the last campaign.

“We’ve got a lot more of a settled squad this year and so we are hoping the early season gelling problems we had last year will not be apparent and we can hit the ground running. Between now and then it is about building our performances and making sure we are ready come that first whistle.”

This season due to the current situation only the first half of fixtures have been released, with the second-half of the season to be released at a later date. Take a look at out first-half season fixtures below!