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Second half showing earns the points for Ladies

28 October 2015

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Rovers Ladies returned to winning ways with a 4-2 victory at home to Huddersfield Town.

After seeing their seven-game unbeaten run come to an end at Derby last weekend, an impressive second-half display saw Gemma Donnelly’s side secure the points which moves them up to third in the table. 

Rovers started the stronger of the two sides and opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when Sophie Jones struck a sublime shot into the far top corner from the left-hand edge of the box.

The visitors equalised shortly before the break when a cross from the right wasn’t dealt with and Emily Heckler headed home.

Rovers restored their lead at the start of the second half when Ali Johnson’s cross was fumbled into the net by the Huddersfield keeper and it was 3-1 shortly after, as Johnson claimed her second of the game in similar circumstances.

Lynda Shepherd extended Rovers’ lead further on 69 minutes with a trademark finish from inside the box, before Heckler grabbed her second of the game after latching onto a misplaced pass.

Rovers ended the game with 10 players after Jones picked up a second yellow card late on, but it didn’t detract from a comfortable victory – their fourth in a row at home.

Donnelly said: “We started well again and it was good to see that reaction after last week’s defeat.

“We were forced to make an early change because of injury to Vicky Westerman, which enabled captain Amie Fleming to make her comeback earlier than expected, but it strengthened the midfield.

“We were disappointed to concede in the manner that we did just before the break, but we took stock at half-time and identified areas of the pitch which we felt that we could exploit. Amie had some very influential words to say and our second-half performance was much more refined and back to old ways.

“Overall, I was pleased with both the manner of the goals we scored and the number of sources they came from, and especially for Ali Johnson to get on the scoresheet. The win puts us right back up there, with games in hand. Finding that consistency in our performances is now going to be key.”

ROVERS: Hutcheson, Westerman (Fleming 15), Kinvig, Bickett, Flynn, Shepherd, Taylor, Fenton, Johnson, Jones, Jordan (Adams 71).

Subs not used: Hill.

Meanwhile, Rovers Ladies Reserves came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 in the second round of the FA Women’s Premier League Reserve Cup.

The development squad will now face Huddersfield Town in the quarter-finals on Sunday November 22nd.

Manager Craig Malley said: “Given that we went a goal behind, it was very pleasing to see the players respond and go in level at half-time. We then produced a fine footballing display in the second half to come away with the right result.”

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