Cup clash will be indicator for our season, says Bennett
DERBY County Ladies hope to progress in the League Cup tomorrow when they play host to Leicester City at the Watkinson Construction Bowl (2pm).
And manager John Bennett says the game will be a good benchmark as to how the rest of the season in the Women's Premier League could pan out.
Only three points separate the two teams in the league, with Derby having the advantage.
"The Leicester game is a big one for us," said Bennett.
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"We only have this game and a county cup fixture against St Georges left to play this year and the Leicester game will give us a good indication of how far we've come.
"We've been working really hard in training all week and just need a game in which to demonstrate this.
"It's been a frustrating few weeks, although a lot of teams are in a similar position, because our last game was in the county cup against Ilkeston back in mid-November.
"We won that one 18-0 and are keen to carry on our good run.
"It's been a disappointing first half of the season and while people keep saying that it's because we've had a few new players who have needed time to adjust, that excuse isn't good enough for me.
"I'm still confident that we can maybe finish fourth and have a better 2013."
Bennett will have a fully fit squad to choose from – and he is hoping to include long-term injury victims Emily Jeffrey and Susan Hart in the side soon.
" We will take our time with both girls and only include them if they're ready," he said.