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Ladies held by Preston

11 September 2015

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Rovers Ladies recorded their third straight clean sheet, as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Preston.

In an evenly-contested encounter, both defences remained unbreached, as the two teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Danielle Sheen had the game's first attempt, but the Preston keeper was equal to her low drive.

Saffron Jordan then had a great chance to open the scoring, after a pull-back from Kaz Boyle, but she lifted her shot over the bar from eight yards.Preston•s first real chance also came following a cut-back from the byline, but Jo Hutcheson was able to gather the effort easily.

Another Sheen strike was comfortable for the Preston keeper, before Lynda Shepherd headed over from a corner.

Preston threatened from a corner of their own on the half-hour mark, as Hutcheson•s punched clearance was rifled back towards goal from the edge of the box, before being cleared off the line by a Rovers player. 

The visitors went close again just before the break, but the shot was fired wide from six yards out.

Preston maintained their momentum at the start of the second half, with Hutcheson called upon to make a superb save from a header and the follow-up was blocked.

As the game flowed from end-to-end, both sides pushed for a winner late on. With 10 minutes remaining, substitute Ali Johnson won the ball back and drove towards goal, before seeing her shot palmed around the post.

In stoppage time, a Preston player blazed over when well placed, before Sheen almost won it at the death, but her strike from the edge of the area was palmed wide. 

Manager Gemma Donnelly said: "It was a really good footballing display from both teams. Both teams had spells when they were on top and if either team was going to win it, it was only going to be by one goal.

"The point is probably a fair reflection of how even a contest it was. I thought Jo and the back four were outstanding, but the whole team bust a gut for the duration of the game. It was a very pleasing performance and a test we've not encountered yet this season. To perform at that intensity, in a local derby, was especially pleasing."

ROVERS: Hutcheson, Kinvig, Bickett, Westerman (Chandarana 60), Shepherd, Fleming, Holbrook, Flynn, Sheen, Boyle, Jordan (Johnson 46).

Subs not used: Maher, Fenton, Mallett.

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