Rovers Ladies 1-1 Newcastle United Women
Premier League Northern Division
Sunday February 17th, 2013
Rovers Ladies were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Newcastle in their first league game in over four months.
Scott Rogers’ side took the lead through Keeleigh Savage on the quarter-hour mark, but were made to pay for a lacklustre display as the visitors claimed a share of the spoils.
Rovers were dealt an early blow when Hannah Forster suffered a broken ankle just 10 minutes in, but the hosts opened the scoring five minutes later when Katie Anderton’s free-kick hit the bar and Savage smashed home the rebound.
Instead of pushing for a second, Rovers were content to sit on their lead and struggled to break down Newcastle’s negative approach. When they did get through the black-and-white wall, Rovers’ finishing was woeful.
They were left to rue those missed chances, as Newcastle equalised on a rare foray forward. Dannika Purdham’s shot hit the post and then the keeper, before trickling into the net.
Rovers thought they’d regained the lead from a corner, which Newcastle failed to clear, but as a shot was smashed in, Beth Donoghue was adjudged to have handled the ball from less than a yard away.
Rovers made a bright start to the second half, creating chance after chance, but failed to find a telling finish. Lagan Makin missed a glorious chance when through on goal, while an Anderton opportunity came and went.
Newcastle finally became a bit more adventurous in the closing stages, as both teams went in search of a winner. The final chance fell to Danielle Cox, who blazed over from the edge of the area, as a drab display failed to yield the right result.
Manager Scott Rogers said: “Firstly, I must congratulate Newcastle on their point. It must have felt like a win to them, given the amount of chances we had and missed.
“This was a very disappointing display from us. I have always said how talented my team is, but today we didn’t lack talent, we lacked effort and team work. There are certain individuals who are letting the team down. They think they are above us and this league and that is disrespectful to me, the club and most importantly, their team-mates.
“I will demand a response from them. This was not good enough and they will be made aware of that in no uncertain terms. We will train hard this week and will be ready for our cup game against Wolves on Sunday. I expect to see some changes both in personnel and mentality for that game.”
ROVERS: Jackson, Oates, Roberts, Twohig, Marsh, Turner (N. Forster 75), Savage (Cox 65), H. Forster (Bennett 10), Donoghue, Anderton, Makin.
Subs not used: Westerman.