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Ladies defeat Loughborough

14 December 2015

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Rovers Ladies made it four wins on the spin with a 2-0 victory away to Loughborough, which saw them move to within a point of top spot.

Goals in each half from Ainsley Strickland and Saffron Jordan secured the spoils for Gemma Donnelly’s side.

Rovers started strongly, with Ali Johnson firing narrowly over early on after a well-worked move saw her played through.

The visitors then opened the scoring on the quarter-hour mark when the ball was played into the feet of Strickland, who turned and slotted past the keeper from inside the area.

Rovers had penalty appeals waved away shortly after, before skipper Amie Fleming saw a long-range shot saved by the Loughborough keeper.

The hosts almost equalised on the stroke of half-time, as some sloppy play at the back allowed Loughborough to break, but a header hit the post.

The home side created the first opening of the second half, but fired wide, before a Sophie Jones shot from distance was easily collected by the Loughborough keeper. 

Just past the hour mark, a Rovers free-kick whistled just past the post and the all-important second goal arrived on 83 minutes. Jordan was played clean through and after the last defender tried to hack her down, the striker rounded the keeper and slotted home.

Jess Holbrook hit the post late on from a corner, as Rovers closed in on the teams at the top.

Donnelly said: “I’m really pleased with the performance in general. It was a very tidy and professional display. In my opinion, there’s not a team in this division that are a better footballing side than us.

“We’d played Loughborough twice already this season and although they’ve strengthened and improved, I didn’t feel that the result was ever in doubt.

“A special mention to Ainsley Strickland, who now has a goal and an assist in her two starts for the first team, and to Saffron Jordan, who demonstrated great sportsmanship to stay on her feet when she clearly had her legs chopped, before slotting in our second goal.”

ROVERS: Hill, Fleming, Bickett, Lea, Taylor, Shepherd, Fenton, Strickland (Kinvig 87), Jones (Holbrook 61), Jordan, Johnson.

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