Rovers Ladies 5-1 Derby County
Premier League Northern Division
Sunday March 31st, 2013
Steph Marsh scored twice before the break, as Rovers Ladies produced a five-star performance to inflict a heavy defeat on Derby County.
A depleted Rovers side dominated from start to finish, with Marsh missing a good opportunity moments after kick-off, before Beth Donoghue fired just wide after being threaded through.
Keeleigh Savage then struck the post, before Derby were awarded a penalty following a foul in the box, but the effort was blazed over the bar.
The let-off roused Rovers, who opened the scoring just past the midway point in the half courtesy of Marsh’s cool finish past the onrushing keeper.
Rovers doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Marsh again went through and smashed home her second.
With Derby rocking, Rovers continued to press and cause problems, with Katie Anderton firing inches over from distance, before the hosts added a well-deserved third. Derby tried to play out from the back, but Donoghue was alive and alert to steal the ball off the defender, before firing past the keeper.
Derby struggled to get out of their own half at the start of the second period, as Rovers pushed for a fourth. Savage somehow struck the post when it seemed easier to score, before Marsh was denied by the Derby stopper.
The visitors reduced the arrears against the run of play with a cross that looped over Gemma Jackson, but Rovers responded with two goals in quick succession.
Anderton cut inside and flashed over a cross, which went in off a Derby defender before Nichol Forster could get the final touch, but the Rovers substitute did get on the scoresheet minutes later when she latched onto a long ball forward, before lobbing the keeper from 30 yards out.
Manager Scott Rogers said: “I’m delighted for the girls and the staff. They have all worked so hard this week to put behind us the disappointment of last weekend and they deserve all the credit from a performance like this.
“We completely outclassed Derby in all areas of the pitch, which was extremely pleasing. We have been playing like this for weeks, but I felt that we were ruthless today in the final third.
“I have been asking them for weeks to punish teams and today we did. We have a big test next week at Sheffield, but this is a great result to enjoy and take into that game.”
ROVERS: Jackson, Oates, Cox, Roberts, Marsh, Flynn, Twohig, Westerman, Donoghue (N. Forster 63) Anderton, Savage.