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Ladies maintain 100% record

Posted: Wed 23 Jul 2014
Author: rovers.co.uk
Vicky Westerman celebrates

Vicky Westerman celebrates

Image by: Kipax.com

Rovers Ladies made it a hat-trick of summer successes with of a 3-1 win over Brighouse Town.

It was a repeat result of their opening pre-season victory over Leicester City, which was followed up by a 4-0 triumph over Liverpool Feds.

After a gruelling training session less than 48 hours earlier, Rovers struggled to get going in the early exchanges, but kept the ball well.

Their lower league opponents made life difficult for Rovers, who failed to find that killer edge or moment of quality in the final third in the first half.

Rovers looked brighter after the break, moving the ball around quicker and with increased intelligence in and out of possession.

The breakthrough duly arrived, as Vicky Westerman made a good run to close down the keeper and her persistence paid off, as the ball ricocheted into her path and she slotted it into the empty net.

The second soon followed, as an angled shot from distance was too hot to handle and Amie Barratt was on hand to tap home the rebound.

Two returning Rovers then combined for the third, as Lynda Shepherd’s pin-point corner was volleyed home by Nicky Twohig via the aid of a deflection. 

Brighouse reduced the arrears with virtually the last kick of the game, when a mistake at the back allowed Rachel White in on goal and she made no mistake with a smart finish.

Assistant manager Amanda Goodwin said: “The girls felt the effects of a tough training session on Friday and were very heavy-legged in the first half, but we absolutely dominated after the break when our fitness levels and experience took over.

“I was pleased with our second-half performance. It was another good run-out, another positive result and it keeps us going in the right direction. We had spells of good attacking play, but we need to tighten up in other areas and we will work on that in training this week.”

ROVERS: Hutcheson, Barratt, Twohig, Cox, McLellan, Shepherd, Westerman, Fleming (Bland), Jones (Flynn), N. Forster (Middleton), Sheen.