Derby County Football Club Women

Under 13’s Black Socks

Under 13’s Black Socks Match Report

Derby County Ladies U13 Black Socks 17 – 1 Toton United U14s

Derby Girls and Ladies U14 League

17th October 2020

Some outstanding football, particularly in the second half, gave the Black Socks their biggest win of the season against a battling Toton United. The seventeen goals were spread around the team with nine of the twelve outfield players hitting the net, and all thirteen girls, including Rhianna in goal, contributing to a fantastic team performance.

Derby opened the scoring in the fourth minute when a corner from the right was whipped in to the near post by Hollie and deflected in to the net by a Toton defender. United attempted a number of through balls during the game to release their fast forwards, and shortly after Derby scored they almost made this tactic work but Belle was alive to the danger and made a great covering interception.

The Black Socks doubled their lead in the tenth minute following a fantastic cross from Viktoria deep on the right. She picked out Hollie unmarked inside the box five yards out and she poked it past the keeper for two-nil.

In the first half Toton had a handful of chances to score, probably none better than a ball into the box which was not dealt with by the Ewes defence. Rhianna was quickly off her line and she was able to make a point blank save. The ball broke to the left where it looked like the Toton striker would slot it in from the angle but Rhianna had followed the ball and was able to make another block and eventually the danger was cleared.

EJ, who played in midfield in the first half, showed good strength on the edge of the box to hold off a couple of defenders before making room for a shot which went just wide of the post. Then Viktoria tried a cross from the right which almost deceived the keeper but it clipped the top of the bar and went over.

The Black Socks continued to create openings and were unlucky not to extend their lead. Viktoria and Liv combined well in the middle of the park following a Toton goalkick and played it to Abi wide right. She picked out Hollie on the left whose shot was saved on the near post by the United keeper and eventually cleared behind for a corner. Then good work on the left by Hollie found Macie on the edge of the box. She tapped it to Lily whose shot from fifteen yards went just the wrong side of the post. Macie thought she had scored but her shot from the edge of the box hit the post and bounced clear.

Belle, Skye and Emma were dominant in defence and were comfortable playing the ball back to Rhianna whenever the opportunity was needed rather than attempting to rush the clearance.

Derby’s third was a great team goal. Belle switched the ball from inside her own half on the right across field to Emma. The Derby captain clipped the ball down the left channel for Hollie who picked out a lovely pass to Macie who from a few yards out smashed the ball past the keeper.

Toton almost pulled one back a few minutes later. Their number five did really well down the right, beating her defender and raced in to the box. Her shot looked to have beaten Rhianna, but it cannoned back of the near post and was eventually cleared.

That seemed to act as a wake-up call to the Ewes and they hit back with two quick goals at the end of the half. In the 32nd minute Honor collected a goalkick from Toton about twenty yards from goal and she hit a great shot from distance which clipped the inside of the post, giving the goalkeeper no chance. A minute later they added a fifth. There was more good work down the left from Emma who beat a couple of players and broke in to the box. She got to the byline and crossed it to Abi on the back post, she flicked it to EJ whose shot broke to Macie and she passed it in the net for her second of the game.

Although the Black Socks had been dominant in the first half, they really clicked in to gear after the break and at times were impossible to stop. Hollie had an early shot from the left which was tipped wide by the goalkeeper. Then Emma scored a wonder goal from the left with a fantastic shot from distance to make it six-nil.

Five minutes in to the second half Toton pulled a goal back from the penalty spot following a foul in the box by Skye. The spot kick was hit high in to the net giving Rhianna no chance.

Honor started to dictate play in the middle of the pitch with some excellent balls passed left and right for Abi, Hollie and Viktoria in particular. Abi was down the right in the second half and Honor played some excellent passes for her to test her pace against the Toton fullback. In the forty-third minute she raced in to the box and clipped a shot past the keeper, but it struck the inside of the post and bounced left. However, Hollie had gambled and was centre of goal to tap in for her second and Derby’s seventh of the game.

A minute later and it was an almost exact copy – Belle building from the back, in to Honor who released Abi down the right and she outpaced the defender and broke in to the box. This time though she smashed it high past the keeper to make it eight – one.

The Ewes were now totally dominant and their pace and passing resulted in wave after wave of attacks and shots peppering the Toton goal. Vik and Hollie both had shots from the left which just rolled past the far post.

Honor played another ball in to the right hand channel which put Abi in a race with the keeper to the far right edge of the box. Derby’s number seven just got there first and squared the ball past Toton’s number one to Courtney who was unmarked in front of goal and tapped home for Derby’s ninth.

In the fiftieth minute Hollie completed her hattrick. She collected a ball over the top, raced in to the box and shot left footed. The keeper made a good save but Hollie reacted quickest to the loose ball and rolled it in to put the Ewes in to double figures.

Viktoria, who had switched wings with Abi, created the eleventh goal with a cross from the right which was missed by the Toton goalkeeper. Courtney was in the right place to knock in her second and the Black Sock’s eleventh of the match. A minute later Emma scored a replica of her first goal with a fantastic shot from outside the box on the left leaving the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

Courtney completed her hattrick of real poachers’ goals in the 61st minute. EJ played a great ball in behind the defence for the Derby number nine to chase with the keeper coming off her line. Courtney got her toe to the ball first and poked it into the corner of the net. A few minutes later Liv added to the scoreline. She had, as always, quietly gone about her game of sitting deeper, tidying up in midfield and intelligently moving the ball on to teammates. Late in the game she was pushed further forward on the left and when Viktoria attacked down the right she had drifted to the back post and Vik picked her out with a great cross. Liv cut back inside before rolling the ball past the keeper into the far corner.

Despite there only being three minutes left on the clock, there was still time for Derby to add a further three goals. Viktoria was doing excellently down the right wing and producing a series of crosses or balls across the top of the box. In the sixty-eighth minute she rolled the ball to Lily, who played it to Liv and she cut it back to EJ who tapped home. A minute later Viktoria got the goal that she deserved when her shot from the angle beat the keeper, arrowing high into the net.

In the final minute, EJ scored her second and Derby’s seventeenth. Despite the scoreline the United goalkeeper had made a number of saves to deny the Black Socks, and she again produced a good stop to keep out a shot from Viktoria. However, the ball rolled left to EJ and she tapped in with the final kick of the game.

Head Coach, Nathan Stevens, was full of praise for the Black Socks girls. “What impressed me is that we played some excellent football in the last 20 – 25 minutes and we didn’t go gung-ho and have ten strikers. The girls got their satisfaction from the football they played and it really showed. I loved how we played the way we were facing, involved Rhianna and looked to build from scratch each time we won possession from one of Toton’s through balls.” The Dad of hattrick heroine Hollie was equally fulsome in his assessment after the game, with particular praise reserved for player of the match Honor. “It was a fantastic performance from the girls today. When they started with their passing game they played awesome football and I think Honor had her best game for us today too. Her distribution to the wings was spot on.”

With the girls improving every week we will keep everything crossed that they are still able to play next Saturday but seven days is a long time in a pandemic.


  • Own Goal
  • Hollie x 3
  • Macie x2
  • Honor
  • Emma x2
  • Abi
  • Courtney x 3
  • Liv
  • EJ x 2
  • Viktoria