Rovers Ladies were given a lesson in clinical finishing, as they slipped to a 7-0 defeat away to last season’s league champions Sheffield.
Sheffield started strongly and opened the scoring inside seven minutes through Jodie Michalska. Rovers responded well, but a quickfire hat-trick from Krystle Johnston saw the visitors trail 4-0 at the break.
Rebecca Lee added a fifth after the interval, before Johnston grabbed her fourth of the game. Suzanne Davies completed the rout midway through the second half, as John Prince’s side fell to their first defeat of the season.
The Rovers Ladies manager said: “It was a difficult afternoon for everyone - players and coaching staff – but we will take it on the chin and deal with it the right way.
“Credit to Sheffield – they took their chances very well, because they probably only had 10 shots on target in the whole game. We can certainly learn from their work rate, organisation and fitness.
“When you experience such a disappointing result, the only way to respond is to stick together, take individual responsibility for your performance and work really hard on the training field to address those issues.
“In the second half, we had two Centre of Excellence girls making their debuts – Zara Musker and Helen Seed – so it was good experience for them, despite the defeat.
“We now have a big local derby at home to Preston this weekend, which is a good game to have.”
ROVERS: Jackson, McLellan (Musker 51), Twohig, Middleton (Seed 75), Marsh, Westerman, H. Forster, Young, Anderton, Makin, Savage (N. Forster 51).