Ladies face Ilkeston as they set sights on glory in County Cup
LOCAL pride is at stake tomorrow as Derby County Ladies visit Ilkeston Ladies for the first round of the Derbyshire County Cup.
John Bennett's side are keen to put last weekend's 4-0 Premier League defeat by leaders Sheffield behind them and progress in the competition they won for the first time last season.
Super League player Amy Kane will be rested but Bennett will field a strong 11 against Ilkeston.
"We have a cup game against Leicester the following week and then some tough league fixtures," said Bennett, "so I want to keep Amy fresh for those fixtures.
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"That's not to say I'm not taking the competitions seriously because I am; we're the cup holders and it's all about respecting other local clubs and the county FA.
"It is the second time that we've taken part in the county cup and the likes of Sandiacre and Long Eaton are very good sides.
"I'll be giving one or two of the youngsters a run out against Ilkeston but I do have my eye on the league games, especially after last week's defeat."
Bennett believes his side are better than the 4-0 scoreline against Sheffield suggests.
"I was upset with the attitude of the players – and I told them so in training," he said.
"It seems that we think it's OK to lose to the likes of Sheffield and Coventry because they're higher up the league than we are.
"But I don't think like that. We're much better and need to apply ourselves better in such games.
"Tactically, we did everything right against Sheffield.
"We set our stall up perfectly but we just didn't get the basics right, especially for the first goal in which the forward managed to get the wrong side of our defence, nip in and score the opener.
"For 20 or 25 minutes we were toe-to-toe with Sheffield.
"We must now look ahead to some important league games and I'm looking for nothing less than maximum points from our next three fixtures.
"The first aim is for survival. I think that 15 points should see us safe.
"We can then aim to push on and see where we end up.
"It isn't what I wanted at the start of the season but lessons have already been learnt."