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Toone strike downs Vixens

4 April 2016

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Rovers Ladies remain in the mix for the Northern Division title following a 1-0 victory over Guiseley Vixens.

Ella Toone scored the only goal of the game, 12 minutes from time, as Rovers recorded their third league win on the spin.

Rovers dominated for long periods, with Ainsley Strickland miscuing a shot wide on five minutes, before Alex Taylor saw an effort cleared off the line from Jess Holbrook’s free-kick.

Former Rover Katie Anderton wasted a good chance for Guiseley midway through the first half when she fired over on the turn from six yards out, before Rovers thought they had opened the scoring on 38 minutes when Toone’s shot was saved and Taylor converted the rebound, only to be flagged offside.   

It was a similar story after the restart, as Lynda Shepherd twice went close, before Taylor was denied by the Guiseley goalkeeper in a one-on-one.

Rovers then had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock just past the hour mark when substitute Leah Foster was fouled in the box, but Shepherd skied the resultant spot-kick over the bar.

Foster created another opening two minutes later, crossing for Toone, who fired wide from eight yards out, before Danielle Hill pulled off a superb save from point-blank range to ensure the scores stayed level.

And that’s how it remained until the 78th minute, when Rovers eventually grabbed the winning goal. Amie Fleming showed fantastic skill to beat three players before sliding in Foster, who rounded the keeper and squared the ball for Toone to smash home.

There was a late flurry of chances as Rovers looked to kill the game off. On 86 minutes, Taylor played in Toone, who took too long and the defender recovered to make a last-ditch tackle. Moments later, Shepherd played in Taylor, who fired wide from eight yards and on the 90-minute mark, Holbrook found Foster, who blazed over the bar.   

Donnelly said: “We started well, which was pleasing, and overall I thought it was a fine footballing display. 

“Guiseley have picked up some good results since Christmas and ex-Rover striker Katie Anderton has scored in pretty much every game, so we knew it was going to be a challenge, but what was really pleasing was that we had a full squad available to us and we started the game really well.

“It was relatively even in the first half, but second half I thought we were completely dominant and we created a number of clear-cut chances. The scoreline doesn’t sound the most convincing, but at the end of the day it’s three points and it keeps us in title contention.

“So I was really pleased with the result, really pleased with the efforts from the girls, really pleased with the contribution from the young ones, it was a really good game to be involved in and it’s frightening to think about the amount of sources our goals could come from, should we be able to hit the target more often.” 

ROVERS: Hill, Pearson, Taylor, Bickett, Cook, Shepherd, Fleming, Flynn, Strickland (Foster 51), Toone, Holbrook.
Subs not used: Maher, Fenton, Kinvig, Hope.

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