After last weeks game was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch the first team are finally back in action on Sunday after a long break. They face Derby County at Loughborough University Stadium, a reverse of or first fixture of the current season. The pair will also face each other in the new year as this weeks FA Cup draw saw Foxes pull out a home tie against the rams early in the second round.
Derby County Ladies currently sit in 3rd place on the league table with just AFC Fylde and Huddersfield Town ahead of them. Only 3 teams have picked up 3 points against the rams the most recent of which being Sunderland in last weeks fixture. In their first game back after the break Derby travelled to Sunderland and were on the wrong side of a 5-4 scoreline with most of the damage from Sunderland being done in the first half.
The side are currently managed by Sam Griffiths who has been in charge of the side since the 18/19 season and captained by Hannah Ward with Amy Sims picking up the armband for some of the games this season.
Last time round
You don’t have to look back too far to find the last clash between the Foxes and rams as they faced each other in the opening day of the season. The sides could not be separated on that day with the game finishing 3-3. Foxes goals came from captain Young who converted from the penalty spot and two debut goals from Nicholls. Tinsley, Keryakoplis and Barber where on target for Derby.
In last years redacted games Derby got the better of Foxes on both occasions winning 2-0 at the Loughborough University Stadium and 5-0 at Mickleover.
Despite losing their last game Derby have been on a strong run in the league beating Middlesbrough and Burnley prior to the national lockdown and have scored 11 in their last 3 games.
Ones to watch
Both Barber and Keryakoplis have been on fire this season getting 5 and 4 goals respectively. But Foxes will have to keep an eye out for Sophie Domingo who has picked up 4 opposition player of the match awards. Manager martin will be aware of Domingo as she is part of the Loughborough University Squad.
Over the season Derby have made the most of their set piece opportunities and using their wingers to great effect. Foxes should keep an eye on set plays and crosses coming into the box. Defensively, similar to many teams in the league, Derby have been outdone when facing their own goal which is how two of Foxes goals came against the side in the previous fixture. Derby are yet to keep a clean sheet this season so there is hope for Foxes to get on the scoresheet.
“The place is absolutely buzzing at the moment. We all feel we’re onto something and we cannot wait for Sunday. The girls have being playing at a ferocious intensity and have come out of lockdown absolutely flying”