Danielle Sheen bagged a second-half brace as Rovers Ladies returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at home to Newcastle.
Kaz Boyle scored the other goal in the win, which moves Gemma Donnelly’s side up to third in the table, five points behind the top two.
Rovers started well, but Newcastle quickly grew into the game and had the contest’s first chance, but the shot from the edge of the area was just wide of the upright.
Sheen registered Rovers’ first attempt, but was denied by the Newcastle keeper, then straight up the other end, Gemma Jackson made a superb double save, from the initial one-on-one and then from the rebound, to keep the visitors at bay.
Rovers were then denied the game’s opening goal by a late offside flag after Sophie Flynn’s strike against the underside of the bar fell kindly for Sheen, who smashed home the rebound.
But there was to be no disallowing Rovers’ next effort, as Boyle fired low into the bottom corner from Sheen’s cut-back 12 yards out.
Rovers’ lead didn’t last long however, as the unmarked Stacy Crooks smashed an unstoppable shot past Jackson after controlling a cross with a terrific first touch.
The hosts ended the half strongly, with Sheen dragging a shot just wide after good work by Millie Shaw, before Lynda Shepherd lofted a lovely ball over the top to Sheen, was denied by the Newcastle keeper.
After the break, Vicky Westerman headed just wide from a Jess Holbrook free-kick, before Rovers regained the lead. With a Newcastle player off receiving treatment, Rovers capitalised. Shepherd supplied a low cross and Sheen got the faintest of touches on it to glance it past the keeper.
Holbrook then saw a shot cleared off the line, before Sheen’s low shot was palmed around the post and Flynn fired wide from the resultant corner.
Newcastle had a great chance to get back on level terms, but put it over from close range, and Rovers made sure of the points late on when Flynn broke down the left and pulled the ball back from the byline to Sheen, who smashed home her second from six yards out.
Manager Gemma Donnelly said: “The last time we played Newcastle, we scored an own goal and missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw, and we expected an equally tough encounter this time round.
“The first half was quite evenly matched, although we were perhaps fortunate not to fall behind, as we had Gemma Jackson to thank for some important saves.
“The girls really rallied round in the second half, came out the stronger of the two teams and were clinical in the final third, scoring two really well-worked goals. For the majority of the second half, we dictated the tempo and dominated possession, and it was pleasing to see a professional performance to gain the three points.”
ROVERS: Jackson, Westerman, A. Taylor, Twohig, Shaw, Fleming, Holbrook, Shepherd, Flynn, Boyle, Sheen.
Subs not used: Hutcheson, Bourne, O’Donnell.