Derby Ladies’ second game of the season ended in a 7-1 defeat to a strong Birmingham team. The Midlands Derby took place at the University of Bedfordshire on Saturday evening.
The Rams were overwhelmed in the opening 20, going down 5-0 at half-time despite some solid goalkeeping from Jodie Hill. The loss of Hannah Barber to injury in the opening minutes did not help the side, and matters were made worse when Brooklynn Meinke was also unable to continue.
The Ladies recovered well in the second-half, defending more resolutely and snatching a goal late on when Lauren Asquith rocketed a shot into the top corner from a Fran Critchley-Watson corner. Asquith’s goal was her first for the club since joining this off-season.
The match also marked DFC debuts for summer signings Meg Gabarda and Naomi Myrie.
Team captain Hannah Roberts said after the game “we weren’t happy with how the first half went down; we didn’t react well to things not going our way and ultimately that cost us. I was proud of how we improved in the second half but we need to take these lessons into our next games”.
The team currently sit fourth in the league, and will face top-of-the-table London Helvecia in their next match on 30th November.