Derby County LFC v Burnley FC Women
FA WNL Premier Division North
Sunday 12th January 2020
Burnley FC Women slipped to their second league defeat of the season against Derby County LFC at the weekend.
A single goal by Derby in the 16th minute was enough to gain the home side the win. Both teams could have added to the score line with numerous chances though most fell to the eventual victors. The loss sees the Clarets drop to forth position in the league, but they have a game in hand.
Derby were quick out of the blocks, a close shot from Ellie Gilliatt had Lauren Bracewell palming over the bar and a header from striker Hannah Keryakoplis from the following corner went wide.
The Clarets played a few balls through the midfield but found the pitch to be very fast or the referee pulled back play for perceived off sides.
The home team had a better measure of the pitch when they launched a long ball from their defence over the heads of the Clarets defence for Keryakoplis to run on to. Her flick over the advancing Bracewell was all that was needed to open the scoring.
Nicola Worthington tried to make amends from the restart with a powerful long range shot that glided wide and Claret Olivia Greenhalgh shot from 22 yards for the home keeper to collect.
Derby player Jodie Michalska was well placed in front of goal to increase the home sides lead but scuffed her shot as Clarets defenders challenged.
The game evened up as Leanne Prescott shot wide hitting the side netting for the Clarets and Sarah Greenhalgh chased another though ball but again the pitch proved too fast and the goal keeper collected.
Bracewell was back in action pulling down a high-cross and at the other end Greenhalgh ran to the bye line and crossed low only to see the home keeper dive and collect.
The Clarets had to defend a couple of free kicks towards the end of the half and the home keeper pulled down a high cross under pressure from the Clarets.
Derby had the best chance when a striker shot over the bar after receiving a cross in the box but then Sarah Greenhalgh headed over the home sides goal from a Nic Worthington free kick.
The Clarets hoped for a stronger second half and they started well. A Kelly Halligan shot was spilled by the otherwise faultless keeper, Leanne Prescott pounced but the keeper recovered quicker. Then a Derby freekick floated dangerously close to Bracewell’s post and Bracewell had a busy period intercepting another cross and then having to tip a shot from Gilliatt over the bar. Gilliatt struck another shot that initially looked to be on target though it whistled past Bracewell’s post.
Greenhalgh caused a worry for the home side when she intercepted a long ball and tried to chip over the keeper, but her touch had too much weight and ended up high over the bar.
A free kick to Derby was driven hard at the Clarets goal by Gilliatt though Bracewell collected without problem. Then Olivia Greenhalgh struck at goal for the Clarets, but it was saved by the diving keeper and Kelly Halligan shot over from inside the box from a Sarah Greenhalgh cross.
Derby were not about to lie down and responded with a Gilliatt run at goal that Bracewell intercepted, another shot from close range flew above the bar, and Sophie Domino dribbled into the Clarets box but shot wide.
Sarah Agger offered late hope for a leveller when she cut through on goal, but her shot was wide, and the last chance went to the home team as they broke through but again came up against Bracewell who slid out to collect the threat.
For the next two weeks Burnley FC Women put their league campaign on hold and are in cup action. On Sunday 19th January the Clarets face Chorley FC Women in the Lancashire FA Women’s Challenge Cup Semi-Final, kick-off is 2pm.
Then on Sunday 26th January the team welcome women’s Championship side Leicester City Women for the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup, the furthest stage the Claret Women have ever reached in the historic competition. Kick-off is 1pm.
Both games take place at Padiham FC’s Ruby Civil Arena, 16 Well Street, Padiham, Burnley, BB12 8LE. Entrance is £3 for adults and £1 for under 16s.