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Ladies' Sporting triumph

9 September 2014

Rovers Ladies made it back-to-back home wins in the space of just four days courtesy of a 2-1 triumph over Sporting Club Albion.

Goals from Lynda Shepherd and Sophie Flynn secured the points for Gemma Donnelly’s side, who have now won three games on the spin in all competitions.

Against a strong Sporting side, Rovers started well, enjoying plenty of possession and moving the ball around quickly.

Vicky Westerman headed just over from a corner on 10 minutes, before Flynn was denied by the Albion keeper, who palmed the ball behind.

The breakthrough arrived midway through the first half when a corner came back out to Sophie Jones and her cross hit an arm in the box. Shepherd stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards, coolly converting the penalty into the bottom corner.

Rovers doubled their lead shortly after, following good combination play. Katie Anderton played the ball through to Flynn, who slotted past the keeper, with her shot going in off the post.

Sporting battled back after the break and reduced the arrears on the hour mark. Rovers failed to clear their lines and Kirsty Allen fired through Jo Hutcheson’s legs.

As the visitors grew in confidence, Rovers were forced to change formation, to combat Sporting’s midfield dominance and the tactical switch paid dividends. The hosts soon started to create chances, but without making them count.

Sporting’s Summer Holmes saw red late on for two professional fouls and Rovers saw the game out to claim the points.

Assistant manager Amanda Goodwin said: “We can take a lot of experience and confidence from the game. We were under the cosh for the last 30 minutes and we had to dig deep to see it through.

“They are a very strong outfit and they will take a lot of points off teams, so we’re delighted with the win. It’s another confidence boost for us. We are getting better each week, we are growing as a unit and as a squad, and we’re putting into practice the work that we’re doing on the training pitch. We have to look to continue to improve game-by-game.”

ROVERS: Hutcheson, Westerman, Taylor, Shepherd, Shaw, Holbrook, Fleming, Flynn, Sheen, Jones, Anderton. 

Subs not used: Barratt, Hallows, Emery.

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