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Rovers defeat Terriers

21 March 2016

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Rovers' Ladies kept pace with the teams at the top of the table with a 2-0 away win over Huddersfield on Sunday.

Two goals in the space of three first half minutes from Natasha Fenton and Saffron Jordan were enough for the Ladies to pick up their tenth league win this season.

Rovers started brightly with Lynda Shepherd heading over an early corner before an Amie Fleming shot from the edge of the box cleared the bar.

Then Jordan twice went close with further efforts, but the pressure from the Ladies eventually told in the 29th minute with Rovers taking the lead.

Fenton collected the ball midway in the Huddersfield half before beating three players and firing home from the penalty spot.

Three minutes later and the Rovers advantage was doubled. Jordan's run from outside the box wasn't tracked and she cut inside before firing across the keeper into the top corner.

The home side looked hit back before half-time, but a fine last-ditch tackle from Cara Bickett, and a save from Danielle Hill ensured Rovers kept their two-goal advantage at the break.

It was a scrappy start to the second half with neither side impressing, Rovers defending well as the Terriers tried to get back into the game.

It was only in the closing stages that play opened up once more, with Rovers enjoying the better of the opportunities. Ainsley Strickland and Jess Holbrook both went close, before Jordan missed the chance for her second of the match when she headed wide.

The closest the Terriers would come to getting on the scoresheet came with the final action of the match when their late free-kick struck the upright and bounced away to safety.

"We always felt comfortable throughout the game, there wasn't too much of a threat towards our goal," said assistant manager Amanda Goodwin.

"Our two goals came at a good time as we were just starting to get a little frustrated with our play.

"In the second half we were more patient and used the ball better, it was a professional performance from us, we needed to get the three points.

"So overall we are really happy and we can take the victory into next weekend's Premier League Cup semi-final against Cardiff City."

ROVERS: Hill, Taylor, Kinvig, Bickett, Flynn, Fenton (Jones 70 mins), Fleming, Holbrook, Shepherd, Jordan, Strickland (Adams 75 mins).

Subs not used. Maher, Hope

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