FA Women’s National League – Premier North Division
Derby County LFC v Burnley FC Women
Sunday 1st November 2020
Burnley FC Women fell to their third league defeat of the season at Derby County LFC after taking the lead in a promising first half performance. Solid defending had given the Clarets the springboard to break out and catch the home side on the break, but the home team drew level after the referee adjudged a handball and awarded a penalty. The second half saw the Clarets denied by two great saves before the home team took control of the game by scoring twice to finish with a comfortable 3-1 victory.
Burnley FC Women began Sunday’s challenge in a determined mood when Katie Thomas broke forward to test the home back line. Then, Derby played across the Clarets box in reply and started to hold possession well in forward areas but were met with solid defending in the final third.
Pressure mounted as Derby won a series of corners before a breakout resulted in Nicola Shirtcliffe winning a corner from a Kenedy Owen pass out to the wing. The corner was driven in low where a scramble in front of goal arose and Thomas struck home through a crowded box. 0-1.
Derby responded quickly by winning further corners which were well defended. Sophie Domingo shot wide from distance as frustration mounted for the home team. Their strong possession was often broken up by the Clarets and Chloe Mapp tried her luck when she saw home keeper Charlotte Clarke off her line but shot too high. Later, a Lizzy Hamer shot was also close.
Just after the half hour mark, a penalty was awarded to Derby after the referee adjudged a handball by Cara Bickett. Callan Barber’s kick deceived Lauren Bracewell and the home side levelled the score. 1-1.
The Clarets tried to hit back when Hamer and Thomas linked together but the shot went narrowly wide of the goal. Derby continued to play the ball around well but struggled to get forward before the referee blew the half-time whistle.
After the break, Derby were straight onto the attack and won a corner where a shot was collected confidently by Bracewell. In further attacks, as the home team tried to gain an advantage, a shot was hit high over the bar, then from another, Bracewell was well positioned to receive as the ball was cut back from the bye line and a shot was delivered straight into her arms.
Burnley FC Women tried to nick a goal by breaking forward, when Thomas sprinted towards the keeper where she shot and forced a fine save from Clarke. The Clarets were back under pressure when fancy footwork from Derby’s Jade Formaston resulted in a cross in front of the goal and Bickett headed the ball to safety. Another Clarets breakout saw a Hamer shot for Clarke to make another excellent save.
Derby took the lead with a concerted attack as the Clarets defence was preoccupied. Substitute Jodie Michalska shot and gained a deflection to score. From here on in, the home side maintained a strong advantage. Michalska in a good position headed straight to Bracewell and two following shots were marginally over the bar.
The home side got a third goal when Domingo sprinted wide of the Clarets defence and then Bracewell. Domingo shot into the empty net to put the game out of reach. 3-1.
Late on, the home team shot on the Clarets goal before settling for 3-1 win.
The Clarets are due to play West Bromwich Albion on Sunday 8th November at Padiham FC but are awaiting a directive on the Covid-19 restrictions to see if the game can go ahead.
Final Score: Derby County Women 3 – 1 Burnley FC Women.