Rovers Ladies boss Gemma Donnelly is warning her players against a potential cup upset when they travel to Whitley Bay this weekend.
Rovers take on the lower league club, who play in the North East Regional Premier Division, in the second round of The FA Women’s Cup on Sunday, kick-off 1pm.
Donnelly is eager to avoid a banana skin and is urging her team to put in a professional performance.
“The game has created a lot of hype, as we are playing a team a few divisions below us, but I feel that even though we haven’t had a full fixture programme since the beginning of December, the girls are both mentally and physically prepared, having trained hard over Christmas,” said the interim manager.
“We played a friendly on Tuesday against a Combination team, who always give us a good challenge and that provided us with good preparation for this weekend’s fixture.
“Of course, we go into the game as strong favourites, but like any cup match, the underdogs will be out to prove a point and cause an upset.
“There has been a lot made of this game on social media, regarding the varying playing standards, and given that it’s Whitley Bay’s home tie and a long journey up to the North East for us, but there is still a confidence amongst the squad and the girls are eager to get their season going again and get back to winning ways and this game is no different.
“It’s been a blow to lose Steph Marsh and Danielle Young for this fixture, given their recent transfers to Manchester City, but we have strength in depth within the squad to compensate for their departures.”
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