Rovers Ladies Reserves recorded their third away league victory of the season with a battling performance against Nottingham Forest.
Rovers came out of the traps quickly and found themselves a goal up inside the first minute. Early pressure from Amy Bland on the Forest right-back forced play back and a blocked clearance by Jade Boulton on the centre back bounced over the goalkeeper and into the net.
On a bobbly pitch, both teams struggled to get the ball down and play in the opening exchanges. On 35 minutes, a clever run in behind the Forest defence by Hollie Kelsh found her with just the keeper to beat, but her well-struck shot flashed just over the bar.
Rovers started the second half in better fashion, putting together some neat interplay and not allowing Forest much of the ball in terms of possession.
As confidence grew, Rovers continued to look for another goal, with Bland and Boulton going close.
Lauren Bracewell in the Rovers goal had a quiet afternoon, as Forest struggled to create any clear-cut chances.
On 80 minutes, Rovers got their just desserts, as a defence-splitting pass from Sophie Flynn found substitute Ainsley Strickland, who held off her marker to drive the ball across goal and into the far corner.
Manager Zac Foley said: “In recent weeks we have had some disappointing results, which I feel our performances haven’t deserved.
“We were confident that if we continued to show the same effort levels and determination, results would take care of themselves and that has been the case today.
“It was hard for us to get any kind of passing rhythm going, which we are used to, due to the bobbly surface, but I felt the girls adapted very well and grinded out the result.
“I thought we defended very well and the clean sheet will breed confidence throughout the team going into the game against Manchester City next week.”
Rovers: Bracewell, Rutter, Fuller, Weston, Duffy, Flynn, Kelsh (Moorhouse 70), Boulton, Farrell, Noori (Strickland 60), Bland.