Rovers Ladies 1-3 Nottingham Forest Ladies
Premier League Northern Division
Sunday March 3rd, 2013
Rovers Ladies came up against a goalkeeper in inspired form, as they slipped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest.
Scott Rogers’ side started well, with Keeleigh Savage forcing a sensational save from the Forest keeper on three minutes, before Katie Anderton was denied moments later.
Against the run of play, the visitors raced into a two-goal lead, as Amber Hughes twice converted from corners in quick succession.
Rovers responded well, with Steph Marsh’s brilliant delivery headed home by Savage, before another superb save denied Anderton an equaliser just before the break.
It was one-way traffic after the interval, as Anderton’s long-range shot was pushed around the post and Vicky Westerman headed just over from the resulting corner. Anderton then saw a free-kick saved, before Savage was thwarted again.
Forest finally killed the game off when Rovers again failed to deal with a corner and Natasha Mead shot straight past Gemma Jackson.
Manager Scott Rogers said: “The girls have had a lot to deal with this week and I thought they were really brave and professional, but it wasn’t meant to be our day.
“The Forest keeper had a very impressive game and she needed to because we created a lot of chances. In my opinion, her performance and our defending at set-plays cost us the game. We had more than enough chances to win the game and I don’t remember Gemma having to make a save from open play.
“We cannot sulk though. We have to fight on right until the end.”
ROVERS: Jackson, Cox, Oates, Roberts, Marsh, Turner, Twohig, Bennett, Westerman, Anderton, Savage, (sub O’Donnell 46 mins).