Rams up the tempo with key games on horizon
WITH another blank weekend for Derby County Ladies, manager John Bennett will focus his side's attentions on the forthcoming league fixtures against Newcastle United and the FA Cup tie against Watford.
Bennett has specific training programmes for the games and says the aim will be different for both.
The Rams are at home to Newcastle a week tomorrow with the Watford game on Sunday, January 27.
"Training will take on added importance this week," said Bennett.
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"Both games will need to be treated differently. The Newcastle game is one which we must win to stave off any relegation fears, while the Watford fixture is against a team from a higher division who play attacking football well.
"We'll have to defend for large periods against Watford, keeping the back door shut and then hitting them on the break.
"It's going to be asking a lot of the girls and really putting them to the test."
The Rams progressed into the semi-final of the County Cup by beating St Georges 12-0 last weekend.
Michelle Kilmartin and Cara Newton both scored four times, with Hannah Ward (2), Daisy Pridden and Emily Jeffery getting the other goals.
Their trip to Pinxton has yet to be arranged.
"We have now scored 29 goals in the competition without conceding," added Bennett.
"My aim is not only to retain the trophy but to also go through the competition without conceding.
"To be honest, I thought St Georges would give us a tougher ride because they had a couple of ex-Derby players in the side.
"However, we were 8-0 up at half-time and their heads seemed to drop once we scored a couple.
"What I was proud of, though, was that we were very professional in our approach and didn't show any arrogance.
"We gave St Georges the respect they deserved."