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Ladies ready for cup clash

1 February 2014

Rovers Ladies boss Gemma Donnelly has a fully fit squad at her disposal for Sunday’s Lancashire FA Womens Challenge Cup clash at home to Padiham.

The semi-final tie has been switched to Darwen Aldridge Community Academy after twice being postponed by Padiham due to the wet weather.

Despite not having a competitive fixture in recent weeks, Donnelly insists her players have kept their fitness levels ticking over and are chomping at the bit to get going again.

“We are looking forward to getting a good run-out for the girls, particularly because it’s now at our home venue and we can play our style of football,” said the interim manager.

“The girls have stuck to a strict training and games schedule and have performed well, particularly of late against Australia Schools when we won 3-2. The game gave us a chance to play people out of position and mix things up a bit.

“It’s been a loss to the team with Gemma Jackson going to Liverpool and Katie Anderton joining Preston, however we have got Evie Manning back to full fitness, Hayley O’Donnell has returned to the squad and goalkeeper Jo Hutcheson is fully fit now.

“Everyone is available, which is a big boost, although it makes it more difficult to select a starting XI. However, it’s a nice headache to have.

“Throughout the Christmas break, the girls have continued to train and play, which has enabled us to work on some specifics and develop the quality of our play.

“We are looking forward to a run of games and getting some momentum going again. We are undefeated in our last four games in all competitions. Hopefully this weekend we can make it five and reach another Lancashire Cup final.”   

The semi-final tie takes place at DACA on Sunday February 2nd, kick-off 2pm. All supporters are welcome. Follow @RoversLadies for live updates on Twitter.

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