Record Breaking Season for Ewe Rams!
It’s been a season of contrasting fortunes for our sponsored teams Derby County Ladies and Hinkley Rugby Club. Whilst Derby celebrate a successful season and considerable development, Hinckley will look back on missed opportunities and a disappointing finishing position. As football and rugby draw to a close the Cricket season got going with Leicestershire’s first County Championship games and the Royal London One Day Cup.
Derby County Ladies
The Ewe Rams have had a fantastic season. Just 1 defeat in the last 8 games of the season, to Champions Blackburn Rovers, mean that Derby finish 3rd. The club only missed out on the runner-up spot on goal difference, finishing level on points with Sunderland.
A final run of 4 victories beating Middlesborough 2-0, Huddersfield 2-1, Sheffield 1-0 and finally Doncaster Rovers 3-0 gave the club its highest ever league finish.
Derby will now look towards the summer with a solid base. Retaining the existing talent and adding one or two key personnel will be the aim of manager Samantha Griffiths.
The flourishing partnership with Derby County will be supremely beneficial as the Ladies look to develop and grow. Further evidence of the growing relationship was evident as the Ladies featured in the End of Season Awards at Pride Park for the first time.
Your IT were delighted to be involved, sponsoring the Fans Player of the Season Award which was won by midfielder Emily Joyce.
Skipper Hannah Ward picked up the Managers Player of the Season Award as the stars of the Ladies team shared the stage with Derby Manager Frank Lampard, and the likes of Scott Carson, Andy Keogh and County Player of the Year Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori.
The Foundation Team have made it through to the East Midlands Regional Cup Final, beating Pride Park FC 2-0 in a hard fought semi-final with goals from Freeman and Baker.
The final will take place on the 19th May at Arnold Town FC where Derby will face Chesterfield Ladies FC in a 1:30pm kick off.
Hinckley Rugby Club
In contrast to the Ewe Rams the Hinckley Hornets will look back with disappointment on a season which started well and promised much.
Hinckley ended their season with a well earned bonus point draw against fifth place Tynedale at Station Road. The result meant the Hornets finished a disappointing 10th place in the league.
Form away from home has been the Achilles heal for Hinckley this season. Only 2 of the clubs 13 defeats have come at Leicester Road. In contrast only 3 victories have been recorded on the road, with two of those in the first month of the season.
New Director of Rugby Scott Hamilton, recently appointed to take over from the departing George Shuter, ended his playing career during the draw with Tynedale and almost completed a fairy tale ending, being hauled down just short, leaving Calum Dacey to score the try and pull Hinckley back after they looked down and out at 24-12 down.
There have been some reasons for optimism in recent weeks. The Hornets could and should have recorded a much more comfortable win over Sheffield Tigers in the last home game but did finally triumph 37-34.
Hinckley will look to rebuild somewhat in the summer, and look forward to a promotion challenge next season.
Leicestershire County Cricket Club
After a winter of off-pitch upheaval Leicestershire got back to playing with an impressive first-day win over Sussex in the Specsavers County Championship. However an impressive looking Warwickshire side soon brought the Foxes back down to earth in the second fixture, winning by an innings and 18 runs.
The Foxes had a disappointing Royal London one-day cup campaign, including a horrific 80 all out in 37 overs v. Lancashire Lightning. The only bright spells in the campaign coming with a record-breaking 377 for four, 38 run victory over Worcestershire, which provided a measure of revenge for the County Championship loss, and a 36 run win over Warwickshire.
A defeat to the world number one ranked T20 team Pakistan by 58 runs in front of over 4000 at a buzzing Fischer County Ground was nothing to be ashamed of and the Foxes will remain hopeful of a successful season in the County Championship and T20’s.