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Ladies claim victory over Vixens

12 October 2015

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Rovers Ladies maintained their run of good results with a convincing 5-0 win over Guiseley AFC Vixens on Sunday.

Strikes from Saffron Jordan, Natasha Fenton, a Sophie Jones brace, and an own goal, ensured a fourth win in a row as the Ladies kept pace with the teams above them at the top of the Women's Premier League North.

The Rovers were strong starters at Brockhall with the majority of the possession and opportunities, but it wasn't until the midway point in the half that they eventually took the lead.

It was a solo goal of high qualify as Jordan claimed possession inside the Guiseley half before advancing and hitting a 25-yard effort high over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

Five minutes later and the home side's advantage was doubled. Danielle Sheen with a dangerous cross from the right which could only be put into the back of her own net by an unfortunate defender.

A third followed moments into the second half as good build-up play saw Fenton fire home from 12-yards, before a fourth goal soon followed as Jess Holbrook played the ball back for Jones to fire home. 

To their credit Guiseley continued to look for a way back into the match and only an excellent save from Gemma Jackson prevented them from getting on the scoresheet. The 
Rovers keeper getting down well to her right to tip a free-kick around the post.

With 15 minutes to go Rovers added a fine fifth. Jones grabbing her second of the day when her corner from the left flew high over everyone in the penalty area and straight into the back of the net to complete a satisfactory Sunday for the Ladies.

"The game could have been a potential banana-skin for us, so it was important that we were disciplined in our performance to ensure we claimed the points," said manager Gemma Donnelly.

"After an indifferent first half we stepped it up a gear in the second half and scored some excellent goals.

"Jess Holbrook and Rosie Kinvig came through unscathed after returning from injury, whilst it is pleasing to keep another clean sheet, having only conceded two goals in our seven games since the start of the season.

"Lastly, a special mention has to go to Danielle Sheen who has been a loyal servant to Blackburn Rovers for many years, she has taken the decision to retire from football with immediate effect. 

"We'd like to place on record our appreciation and thanks for all her hard work."

ROVERS: Jackson, Westerman, Bickett, Flynn, Kinvig, Fenton (sub Strickland 61 mins), Holbrook (sub Mallett 70 mins), Shepherd, Jones, Sheen, Jordan (sub O'Dea 77 mins).

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