Derby County Football Club Women

Academy to Face-Off with Former Ewe Rams Favourite

Derby County Academy will take part in the Quarter-Final of the Trevor Clifton Trophy this afternoon as they take on Mansfield Town Ladies where they will come across a former Ewe Ram cutting her teeth in the hot-seat.

A prolific striker in the women’s game, Andi Bell made the move to Mansfield Town Ladies, first as Assistant Manager before taking over the reins and we caught up with the former Ewe Rams favourite ahead of the match to talk about her time at the club and the upcoming quarter-final clash.

“I really enjoyed my time at Derby County Women, everyone was welcoming from the get-go and even in the short time I was there, the aspiration to be a top club was plain to see.

“It was a hard decision to join the club, I’d been at Nottingham Forest for 10 season and had some really good times with some great people. It was always going to be a wrench but I felt like it was time for a new challenge and looking back, I still feel it was the right decision.

“At Derby, the facilities and the club as a whole had a really professional feel and it was great to be a part of. It’s good to see the club doing so well and hopefully they can push for next level when football returns.”

Initially going into Mansfield Town Ladies as Assistant Manager before taking over the reins last season, Andi has taken on an exciting challenge and is looking forward to facing off against the Ewe Rams Academy later today.

“I went into Mansfield as Assistant manager in my first season and then Manager for last season. It’s been really enjoyable but to be honest I’m not sure I could have chosen a harder time to make the transition with two curtailed season.

“The effort of the player’s has been fantastic, I cannot fault it, they’ve stayed motivated throughout all the challenges and have been a credit to the club. Hopefully we can complete a full season and the make-up of the league may change and could be stronger. We will work hard in pre-season and look to be in and around  it come the end of the campaign.

“I hope the game against the Academy will be a good advert for it. The structure of the club changed after I left and I don’t know too much about the Academy side but I have heard good things and expect them to be a tough proposition. We will go into the game and give 100% and look to progress.”

This afternoon’s game will be held behind closed doors but we’ll bring you the result later this week.