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Hewitt excited for East Midlands derby

20 March 2019

Georgia Hewitt is set to be reunited with her old club Derby County on Sunday afternoon as The Reds face The Rams in the East Midlands derby.

Hewitt made the short move across the A52 last summer when she joined Nottingham Forest from Derby County ahead of the 2018-19 FA WNL North season. 

The Forest full-back explained ahead of the match" “I’m excited of course, everyone knows how big the East Midlands derby is and everyone wants to take the three points and the pride back to their side of the A52. 

“I’ll be wearing the Garibaldi red with pride and give my all to help us get the win. Hopefully we can get a good crowd down to Eastwood and have the extra player on the sidelines to give us that boost.”

The reverse fixture on The Rams’ stomping ground saw the home side run out 1-0 winners. Hewitt entered the game as a second-half substitute and expressed: “I was absolutely buzzing when we played them last time at Pride Park and was gutted with the result but hopefully we can put that right this time round.” 

The fixture also means that Hewitt is set to be reunited with her former teammates but explains facing up to some of her friends wont distract her from the task at hand: “It’s always a big game playing against your rivals and obviously for me against some of my friends but besides I’d say getting an extra buzz I prepare for the game as equally as any other. 

“At the end of the day we’re here to get a job done and battle for those three points. The only difference I’d probably say is staying that little bit more switched on and focused and forgetting you’re up against your old club and friends. It’s easy to get over hyped and lose focus on the goal ahead.” 

Derby holds an even more special place in Hewitt’s heart as it is the place she was born and home of the club her family support. Hewitt described the moment she revealed the news of signing for The Reds last summer: “My dad nearly had a heart attack when I told him I was signing for Forest, but nevertheless my family have been supportive and at the end of the day I made a decision and it’s one I’m proud to have made as I love it here. 

“I’m proud to have my name on the back of a Forest shirt and give 110% for the badge, I even shout “You Reds” from time to time and I’d have to say walking out onto the City Ground against Jamaica for Forest is one of my proudest footballing moments.” 

Hewitt has made 18 appearances across all competitions for The Reds so far, this campaign and has started both of new manager Alena Moulton’s two games in charge. Most recently winning the fan’s player of the match award after an impressive performance away to Stoke City in which she assisted Katie Middleton’s goal. 

The 24-year-old expressed her delight at being back into the fold; “As a player you always want to be in that starting 11 so when Alena put me back in I knew I had to put in a shift for not only my team mates and to get a result but to keep my shirt for the next game and I think I’ve done that.

“Not only through my own graft but I think as a team we’ve really pulled together and are fighting for each other. 

“Hopefully I’ve got into a bit of form so I can push that on and take each game as it comes on the back end of the season.”

Looking ahead to Sunday’s fixture and the final six games of the season Hewitt explained how her side have come together despite recent setbacks; “If I was to say anything about this team I would say resilient. 

“We stick together, we work hard and we put 110% in for each other and as long as that is done I don’t think anyone can complain and we can be proud of ourselves.”


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