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Fleming inspires victory over Wolves

29 September 2014

Rovers Ladies recorded their fifth league win on the spin to move joint-top of the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division table.

Captain Amie Fleming scored one and set one up, as Rovers cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory away to basement club Wolves.

Rovers dominated throughout and thought they’d made an early breakthrough when Millie Shaw’s superb cross found Katie Anderton, whose over-head kick struck the post and Danielle Sheen followed it in, only to be flagged offside.

Wolves had another let-off when Jess Holbrook crossed for Sophie Flynn, who was again denied by the woodwork.

Rovers eventually grabbed the opening goal their display deserved when, on 22 minutes, Fleming played a through ball to Anderton, who curled a sublime shot with the outside of her foot into the top corner from just inside the box.

Anderton almost added a second shortly after, finishing well from Flynn’s through ball, but again the goal was ruled out for offside.

A Sheen shot forced a smart save from the keeper just before the break, but she was powerless to prevent Rovers from doubling their lead on 59 minutes. Lynda Shepherd played the ball out wide to Sheen, who cut inside and delivered a cross that caused confusion in the Wolves defence and Fleming took full advantage to stab the ball home.

Rovers continued to create chances, with Sophia Riccio firing high and wide, before a Shaw shot was comfortably claimed. Rovers were then denied by the woodwork for a third time when Holbrook’s sweet strike rattled the post.

Wolves rarely threatened the Rovers goal, but did come close late on, when Vicky Westerman played Nicky Twohig into trouble, but the Wolves forward failed to hit the target.

Manager Gemma Donnelly said: “We dominated possession, created plenty of chances, but sometimes we tried to play too many passes, when perhaps we should have been more clinical.

“Wolves played a very high line and it took time for us to adapt. But we always looked comfortable and never looked like conceding.

“The scoreline doesn’t suggest that it was a convincing win, but first and foremost it is about getting the three points – that is our main focus. Being consistent in our performances is key. We have instilled that into the players and they have responded superbly.”

Rovers are back in action this Wednesday night away to Preston North End. Kick-off at Bamber Bridge is at 7.45pm.

ROVERS: Hutcheson, Westerman, Twohig, Shepherd, Shaw, Holbrook, Fleming, Flynn, Sheen, Anderton (Taylor 75), Riccio (Chandarana 85).

Subs not used: Jones.

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