Rovers Ladies Reserves 4-1 Nottingham Forest Reserves
(Reserves) Mid/North Division One
Sunday October 21st, 2012
Rovers Ladies Reserves continued their impressive start to the season with a 4-1 win at home to Nottingham Forest.
After a goalless first half, Rovers ran riot after the break to move level on points with league leaders Everton at the top of the table.
The hosts set the pace of the game from the first whistle, enjoying decent spells of possession throughout the opening period, as Forest struggled to gain a foothold in the game.
Rovers created several chances and looked lively going forward, but decision making cost them an early goal. They continued to press and pin-point deliveries from Evie Manning were causing problems for the Forest defence, with Amy Bland going close with a header from a corner.
The home side came out strongly at the start of the second half, setting their sights on seizing the initiative and on 55 minutes, they made the breakthrough. A well-weighted pass from Manning split the Forest defence and found Vicky Westerman, who bravely contested the ball with the onrushing keeper, before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
Rovers grew in confidence and doubled their lead on the hour mark. After some great work down the right by Sara Noori, she cut the ball back to Nichol Forster on the edge of the six-yard box and the striker made no mistake.
Two minutes later, Forster thought she had scored her second of the game when the ball bounced down off the bar and clearly crossed the line, but the referee waved play on.
Rovers did add a third on 70 minutes when Manning took the ball around the centre half and fired a low shot beyond the goalkeeper’s grasp into the bottom right-hand corner.
Forest pulled one back five minutes later when a low cross from the left found the unmarked Grace Blackburn, who slotted a neat volley past Krystal Parker in the Rovers goal, but the hosts secured the points five minutes from time when Bland picked up possession down the left, drove inside, taking the ball past the full-back and centre half, before firing a fierce strike into the bottom corner.
Manager Zac Foley said: “This was the reaction we needed after last week’s performance against Manchester City.
“We spoke before the game about how we owed ourselves a performance and credit to the girls for putting that right.
“I thought we dominated large parts of the game, which was pleasing and we were unlucky not to go in at half-time with the lead.
“We looked at our team shape at half-time when we were out of possession and reduced Forest to very few final third entries, with Krystal not really having a lot to do all afternoon.
“Our performance level was much better in the second half and we scored some well-worked goals. I am a bit disappointed with the goal we conceded because it should have been dealt with a lot earlier down the right-hand side and I felt complacency set in for a short period towards the end, but it is a valuable three points and we now have to concentrate on the cup tie away to Lincoln next weekend.”
ROVERS: Parker, Rutter, Fuller, Weston, Newton, Moorhouse, Farrell (Bland 20), Westerman (Strickland 65), Manning, Forster, Noori.