Manchester City Reserves 0-2 Rovers Ladies Reserves
(Reserves) Mid/North Division One
Sunday November 11th, 2012
Rovers Ladies Reserves preserved their unbeaten league record with a 2-0 victory away to Manchester City.
First-half strikes from Lagan Makin and Steph Marsh secured the points for Rovers, who remain at the top of the Mid/North Division One table.
Rovers made the perfect start, taking the lead inside 10 minutes. Good work by Evie Manning down the right put pressure on the full-back to pass the ball back to the keeper, who hesitated and Makin reacted quickest to slide the ball into the bottom corner.
The visitors continued to set the pace, looking the more threatening of the two team, with City struggling to get out of the blocks.
On 34 minutes, a quick throw-in by Ainsley Strickland found Marsh, whose determined run into the box was rewarded with a drilled low shot across the keeper for 2-0.
Rovers continued to cause the City defence problems after the break, with Manning going close on a couple of occasions, forcing some smart saves from the City keeper.
The hosts almost pulled one back from a corner just before the hour mark, but Carina Fuller, who was deputising in goal for Rovers, made an outstanding save low to her left.
As City looked for a way back into the game, the impressive Rovers defence stood strong, whilst at the other end, the visitors looked to hit on the break, but failed to add to their tally.
Manager Zac Foley said: “I am pleased with how we applied ourselves and it is a valuable three points against a team who are right up there with us.
“I thought we could have looked after the ball a bit better in spells and at half-time we spoke about looking to retain possession better and dictate the tempo and intensity of the game.
“It was a good team performance and the girls should be very pleased with their efforts. We knew City would be a physical team and I thought we kept our discipline well, because we didn’t get much help from the referee. We now look ahead to Leicester away at the weekend.”
ROVERS: Fuller, Marsh (Lowrie 82), Weston, Cox, Pennington, Flynn, Savage, Whitham, Makin (Bland 75), Manning, Strickland (Boulton 52).