• Clarke Reflects On Scoring in South Yorkshire Derby
  • Clarke Reflects On Scoring in South Yorkshire Derby
  • Clarke Reflects On Scoring in South Yorkshire Derby
  • Clarke Reflects On Scoring in South Yorkshire Derby

Clarke Reflects On Scoring in South Yorkshire Derby


Forward Millee Clarke hit a sumptuous goal last Sunday in the South Yorkshire derby, thus earning Sheffield FC Ladies a draw against local rivals Doncaster Rovers Belles. It’s the first ever time Sheffield has taken points of Belles in a competitive game, and yet Clarke admitted there was a sense of disappointment in the home camp at the final result.

“Obviously we went in to the game knowing what was at stake and the job we had to try to do”, said the goal scorer.  

“It was definitely tough going behind just before half-time, and even though we managed to get the equaliser, for us as a team, the final result felt more like a loss.  I think we were disappointed with our overall performance given our recent form, but that shows how much we want to win each week, and what a win today would have meant to us.”

Chloe Bethell had put the Belles ahead just before the interval, but Sheffield fought back in spectacular style with Clarke’s strike from outside the box which flew into the top corner.

“It’s always an amazing feeling to score no matter what game it’s in,” said Clarke, “but to score in the derby when we needed a goal was unreal.  I think I was just as shocked as everybody else to see it go in!”

The goal was joyously celebrated by the Sheffield players – not just for what it meant in the moment, but more for it being a small spark of light in what has been one of the darkest few months of a young player’s life.

It’s a fortnight until Sheffield’s penultimate game of the season away to Derby County, and Clarke is already focused on the next task facing the team.

We’ve all been working really hard in training and, of course, we know we’ve still got work to do to get out of the situation we’re currently in.  We need to continue putting the graft in during training, put the weekend behind us and keep focused on the next two games.”

There has been a lot of change at the World’s First Football Club recently with the introduction of a new manager, Calum Oakenfold, plus a number of new players, changes that Clarke feels have been positive.

“I think Calum’s made massive improvements at Sheffield FC.  We needed something to change, but it must have been tough for him coming in knowing where we were at.  We’re unbeaten since he’s been here, so you can see the impact he’s had already.”

“Everybody gets on well with Cal and works hard for him, so hopefully we can get a result out of the next couple of games and keep the unbeaten record for him!”

The match v Derby County LFC takes place on Sunday 28 April, 2pm, at Mickleover Sports FC.