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Ladies beat the Bantams

16 February 2015

Rovers Ladies closed the gap on the teams at the top of the Premier League table after coming from behind to beat Bradford City 4-1.

Bradford opened the scoring from the spot early on, but goals from Lynda Shepherd, Sophie Flynn, Amie Fleming and Jess Holbrook secured the points for Rovers, who leapfrogged their Yorkshire rivals into third place.

The visitors took the lead when Vicky Westerman was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. Chantelle O’Hara took the penalty and although Gemma Jackson made a smart save, the ball spun back over the line.

Rovers equalised in similar circumstances when a shot from distance struck a Bradford arm in the area and Shepherd smashed home the resultant spot-kick.

Shepherd then turned provider, playing a diagonal pass over the top to Flynn, who gave Rovers the lead with a looping header over the keeper.

Rovers extended their advantage just before the hour mark, as Bradford failed to deal with consecutive corners. Shepherd’s bullet header was turned over the bar from the first, but from the subsequent set-play, Shepherd nodded the ball down to Fleming, who fired it into the corner.

Sophie Jones then had an effort wrongly ruled out for offside, before Holbrook grabbed the goal of the game 10 minutes from time – smashing a sensational free-kick into the top corner from 30 yards out.

Manager Gemma Donnelly said: “It was a very pleasing performance for a number of reasons. Firstly, we more than matched the physicality of the opposition, which is something we’ve lacked in recent games, so that was pleasing to see. Secondly, we are scoring more goals now and they are coming from a variety of sources, so we’re not just relying on the same individuals. And thirdly, there has been a general improvement in the way the team is conducting itself on the pitch. We mixed it up and caused Bradford plenty of problems.

“It took us 10-15 minutes to settle into the game, but our work-rate was exceptional and we controlled the game from then on, creating lots of chances, which was a real positive.

“I want to give a special mention to Gemma Jackson, who was extremely unlucky with their penalty, Megan Taylor, who came on for debut late on, and Jess Holbrook for her unbelievable strike.”     

ROVERS: Jackson, Bourne, Twohig, Chandarana, Westerman (Shaw 74), Flynn (A. Taylor 89), Jones, Fleming, Holbrook (M. Taylor 89), Shepherd, Sheen.

Subs not used: Maher, Boyle.

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