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Ladies succumb to Sheffield

Posted: Mon 08 Apr 2013

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Rovers Ladies suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat away to Northern Division league leaders Sheffield FC.

Sheffield FC 4-0 Rovers Ladies 
Premier League Northern Division
Sunday April 7th, 2013

Rovers Ladies suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat away to Northern Division league leaders Sheffield FC.

The visitors started strongly, forcing a couple of early corners, one of which was cleared off the line, but Sheffield soon started to get a foothold in the game, with goalkeeper Gemma Jackson called upon to make a smart save from close range.

Rovers responded with Keeleigh Savage and Katie Anderton creating a couple of chances in quick succession, before Sheffield opened the scoring on the 25-minute mark when the ball broke free to Carla Ward, who spun and fired a fantastic shot over Jackson.

Sheffield scored a second shortly after, Kayleigh Mitchell converting from a corner, as Rovers appealed for a foul.

The hosts continued to pile on the pressure and effectively ended the contest three minutes before the break when Jodie Michalska went through to lob Jackson. 

Rovers made a bright start to the second half, with Beth Donoghue forcing the Sheffield keeper to parry a shot, but no-one was on hand to follow it in. 

Sheffield always carried the greater threat, with Jackson forced into another fine save, before Ward tried her luck from 20 yards out. 

They eventually added a fourth late on when Rovers failed to defend a free-kick and Suzanne Davies coolly headed home.

Manager Scott Rogers said: “I’m obviously very disappointed. To win football matches you have to work hard and get the basics right. Today, as a group, we failed to do that and didn’t even compete. 

“Sheffield looked in a different league to us, both physically and mentally, and we got what we deserved from the game, which was nothing. 

“Regardless of what level some of my players think they should be playing at, the harsh reality is, we are where we are, and we can either sulk and moan about it or pull together and that is down to the players.”

ROVERS: Jackson, Cox, Roberts, Twohig, Marsh, Donoghue, Westerman, Flynn, Savage, Anderton, N. Forster.