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 Women's Football News 10 Sep 2012
Derby off and running - 10 Sep 2012 - Women's Football NewsLeicester City 0 Derby County 4
Derby County got their Premier League Northern Division campaign on track with a 4-0 away win against Leicester City Women at Oadby. 
After three defeats in League and Cup matches, County registered their first success with a second half blitz against the Foxes who remain pointless and without a goal after two League matches. Two late goals gave a slightly unrealistic air to an encounter which was very evenly contested for the first hour, but Derby had worked very hard all over the pitch all match.
Defences dominated a first half of few clear chances. Leicester looked the more threatening team with early through balls picking out the lively runs of Shona Franklin and Katie Lowder. The Foxes forced several corners which were well dealt with by the County rearguard. Derby occasionally looked good on the counter attack using a short passing game but were unable to fashion a clear cut opening.
Leicester went close when Franklin was brought down on the very edge of the area on 10 minutes, but Lowder's free kick was blocked. Cara Newton went close with a near post header for Derby on 20 minutes. Franklin was denied by a fine tackle by Lorna Abbey and later shot just over when set up by Claire Lester. Derby had a good spell of pressure near the break but were unable to really test Foxes keeper Nicola Van De Weerdhof.
The home team came out with good intent and visiting keeper Sarah Morgan held a strong drive from Kim Farrow before making an excellent save on 48 minutes, leaping to her left to tip away a powerful. rising near post effort from Issy Hayes. Two corners then caused alarm in the Derby defence as Leicester looked good for the breakthrough.
However, it was the visitors who took the lead on 57 minutes. Newton forced her way clear of the defence and hit a low shot from 15 yards which Van De Weerdhof could only deflect against the inside of the post from where the ball rolled over the line.
Worse was to follow after an injury break for a tackle on Newton by Lauren Bartle, the free kick awarded led to a second goal. Van De Weerdof palmed the ball against the bar, an attempted clearance was blocked and Lorna Abbey forced the ball home.
Leicester brought on Natalie Reay and Destiney Toussaint to attempt a rescue in the final quarter but Derby defended with great resolution whilst always looking for the runs of Newton on the break. It was from a corner that Newton made the match safe with a drive which took a deflection on 87 minutes.
The icing on the cake was a deserved goal for the hard working Nicole Ledgister, getting forward from midfield to volley home from close range on 90 minutes.
On a day when little went right for Adam Smallman's team, the margin of defeat was harsh. However, Derby bounced back very well from a similar negative result last week in the League Cup and Leicester will look to do the same in their next match.
Leicester City WFC: Nicola Van De Weerdhof, Lauren Bartle, Jennifer Foster, Holly Morgan, Katie McLoughlin, Samantha Morris, Kim Farrow, Claire Lester, Issy Hayes, Shona Franklin, Katie Lowder. Subs: Natalie Reay, Roschelle Shakes, Natasha Hughes, Vicky Gallagher, Aimee Sperry.

Derby County: Sarah Morgan, Sam Griffiths, Lorna Abbey, Louisa Abbey, Hannah Baines, Lauren Cresswell, Nicole Ledgister, Annabelle McKechnie, Hannah Ward, Mel Johnson, Cara Newton. Subs: Paige Crossman, Carla Tompkins, Grace John.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)

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