Lynda Shepherd was delighted that the Rovers Ladies were able to make their hard work count as they kicked off their season with a 2-0 win over Stoke City on Sunday.
The Rovers captain played a key role in the opening day victory, converting a 32nd minute penalty after a Potters player handled in the box, before young forward Saffron Jordon doubled Rovers’ advantage six minutes later.
No further goals were added as Gemma Donnelly's side saw the game out comfortably, much to the delight of the experienced midfielder.
“It was a good win for us away from home to a strong Stoke City side," said Shepherd. "All the girls worked hard and we deserved the result.
“It wasn’t the greatest of games in terms of quality, but when we had the opportunity to play football we did. The main part was the result and ensuring we worked as hard as we could.”
Shepherd believes that the experience that the team has allowed them to control the game when required, but they do need to be more ruthless in front of goal.
She added: “Game management for us was massive, especially in the second half when we were two goals up. The experience we have in the team allowed us to slow the game and speed it up as and when we wanted to, we took control as a team.
“The penalty came at the right time, we had worked hard on pressing and it felt like our reward and set us up well for the rest of the match.
“We do need to be more ruthless, we could have scored three times just after halftime and we will work on being able to kill games off when the opportunity comes.”
Rovers continue their league campaign this Sunday away at Huddersfield Town Ladies, 2pm kick-off. Follow the action on twitter @RoversLadies.