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Subs secure Ladies win

8 September 2015

Substitutes Thea Mallett and Danielle Sheen made the difference, as Rovers Ladies recorded a 2-0 win at home to Nuneaton Town.

After a goalless first period, second-half strikes from the Rovers subs secured the points for Gemma Donnelly’s side.

Mallett opened the scoring on 72 minutes with a simple finish. The referee played a good advantage after Amie Fleming was tackled from behind on the edge of the box, Jess Holbrook pulled the ball back from the byline and the unmarked Mallett was on hand to prod home her first senior goal.

Sheen then wrapped up the win with five minutes remaining. After receiving the ball to feet, the striker took it around the last defender, before firing past the keeper when one-on-one.

Manager Donnelly said: “We had a number of missed opportunities in the first half, but, in fairness, so did they. We dominated in terms of possession, but it wasn’t one-way traffic, as they had opportunities to score and Jo made a couple of good saves.

“It was a similar story in the second half, as we were always pressing for the first goal and always looked the more likely to score. Credit to Nuneaton, because they were very physical and they worked incredibly hard as a team to prevent us from having any time on the ball. They tried to capitalise on any mistakes and their front three caused our defenders some problems.

“However, it was pleasing to keep another clean sheet and that shows the strength and quality of our back four and goalkeeper.”

ROVERS: Hutcheson, Westerman, Chandarana (Mallett 46), Taylor, Bickett, Shepherd, Holbrook, Fleming, Flynn, Jordan, Johnson (Sheen 67).

Subs not used: Maher.

• Rovers Ladies Reserves kicked off their season with a narrow 2-1 defeat away to Leeds.

Manager Craig Malley said: “It was such a positive performance. Given that we’re a brand new team, they did incredibly well. I’m very proud of their first run-out and a little disappointed not to come away with what we deserved, which was the three points.”      

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