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Ladies hit top spot

3 October 2014

Rovers Ladies rose to the top of the Premier League Northern Division table courtesy of a 2-0 victory away to Preston North End.

Early goals from Danielle Sheen and Jess Holbrook were enough to secure a sixth straight league win for Gemma Donnelly’s side.

Preston made a lively start, but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock on five minutes against the run of play. From a Katie Anderton pull-back, a Preston defender cleared the ball straight to Sheen, who smashed a shot into the opposite corner of the net.

Rovers doubled their advantage eight minutes later. Millie Shaw’s cross from the left fell into a congested area, Sophie Flynn looked to make the most of it, the ball deflected to Holbrook on the edge of the box and the midfielder fired a sweetly-struck half-volley into the bottom right-hand corner.

From then on, Rovers controlled the contest, dominating possession and moving the ball around quickly and effectively, as they made repeated entries into the final third.

Nicky Twohig failed to trouble the keeper from a corner, whilst captain Amie Fleming fired a shot wide.  

Preston appeared content to shut up shop after the interval to keep the scoreline to a respectable margin, whilst Rovers pushed for a third.

Flynn had a couple of one-on-ones, but took too long, whilst an Anderton lob just went wide.

A delighted Donnelly said: “I was a little concerned going into the game, as Preston had picked up some decent points against potential title contenders and games against Preston are always like County Cup finals, but once we got into our rhythm, we completely dominated and played some of our best football of the season so far.

“The back-line is looking very solid and has conceded just one goal in our last seven games. Going forward, we are trying different things and the opposition are finding it difficult to contain us.

“Consistency is key. We can take a lot of confidence from each victory, but we have got to ensure that we keep delivering performances worthy of the three points. We’re not paying too much attention to the table, we’re just staying focused and concentrating on the job in hand.”

ROVERS: Hutcheson, Westerman Shepherd, Twohig, Shaw (Taylor 55), Holbrook, Fleming, Flynn, Sheen, Anderton, Riccio.

Subs not used: Chandarana.

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