Derby County Football Club Women

Ewe Rams Into Women’s FA Cup 4th Round with Win at Baggies

Derby County Women moved into the 4th Round of the Women’s FA Cup, coming out on top in a physical battle with a 4-1 win at West Brom Women, to set up a clash with Huddersfield Town Women next weekend.

A brace for both Jodie Michalska and Ellie Gilliatt, were enough to send Sam Griffiths’ side through to the 4th Round and keep the Ewe Rams season going for at least another week, with a pulsating tie at the Terriers Women to come.

Griffiths named an unchanged side for the 3rd Round Midlands clash and were rewarded early on with the opening goal of the game, with Michalska finding an opportunity inside the box to fire a shot beyond Poppy Bastock in the WBA goal.

A second goal on 11 minutes gave the Ewe Rams a strong foothold in the game when Gilliatt was bundled over the in the box and she stepped up herself to send the goalkeeper the wrong way to double their lead.

The Baggies had been second-best for much of the tie but got themselves a lifeline after 20 minutes when former Ewe Rams defender, Emily Owen capitalised on the visitors not dealing with an attack to half the deficit.

That goal gave the hosts brief hope but as the half wore on, more chances came for the Ewe Rams with Michalska forcing a smart save from Bastock and Amy Sims going close with a couple of efforts from the edge of the box, though they had to settle for a 2-1 lead at the break.

A strong second-half was needed and it was duly delivered when just before the hour, a ball over the top caused confusion in the home defence, with the ball falling to Michalska to hit into an empty net and restore the two goal cushion for the Ewe Rams.

Substitute Precious Hamilton went close with a goal bound effort that was plucked away by Bastock, but that only served notice to the home side of more to come and moments later, a ball into the box was touched towards goal from the striker, with Bastock saving again, but only finding Gilliatt who was able to stroke into an empty net.

More chances for Derby County could have added to the score, first a mazy run from winger Gilliatt, again brought a fine save from Bastock, before a rasping 40-yard effort from Hamilton was mere inches over the bar with the goalkeeper left scrambling.

However, it was not to be and the Ewe Rams were more than happy with their second consecutive win to move into next week’s 4th Round clash with Huddersfield Town Women, who overcame Brighouse Town Women on Penalties after a 1-1 draw.