Rovers Ladies safely secured their place in the second round of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup courtesy of a convincing 7-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers.
A rampant Rovers raced into an early lead and never looked back. They opened the scoring on four minutes, when Lynda Shepherd won the ball in midfield, before continuing her run into the box and guiding Katie Anderton’s return pass into the bottom corner.
Danielle Sheen doubled the visitors’ advantage on the quarter-hour mark, smashing home a shot after debutant Kaz Boyle had cut the ball back from the byline.
Amie Fleming added Rovers’ third midway through the first half with a sweetly-struck shot from distance, before Sheen grabbed her second of the game shortly before the break.
Rovers’ dominant display continued after the restart, with Anderton heading home Millie Shaw’s right-wing cross 10 minutes into the second half.
Jess Holbrook registered Rovers’ sixth with a superb solo effort 20 minutes from time, before substitute Millie Chandarana completed the rout in fine style late on with a bullet strike into the top corner from 30 yards.
Assistant manager Amanda Goodwin said: “Their manager commented after the game that they’d been given a ‘footballing lesson’ and we really did.
“We were playing against a team who were top of their league, albeit a division below, so we knew we had to be professional and get the job done. We did that and I thought that some of the football we played was outstanding.”
Rovers, who are now on a nine-game unbeaten run, are back in cup action this coming Sunday when they host Blackpool in the second round of the Lancashire FA Womens Challenge Cup.
ROVERS: Hutcheson, Riccio, Twohig, Shepherd (Taylor 56), Shaw, Fleming, Holbrook, Anderton, Flynn (Hallows 70), Sheen, Boyle (Chandarana 62).