Amie Fleming’s stunning strike proved to be the difference, as Rovers Ladies beat Bradford City 1-0 at Ewood Park.
The Rovers skipper provided the game’s only real moment of quality, as she rifled the ball into the top corner from 30 yards out midway through the second half.
In a largely uneventful encounter, Bradford registered the game’s first shot on five minutes, but Rosie McDonnell’s effort was parried to safety by Danielle Hill.
On 18 minutes, Jess Holbrook’s cross from the right was volleyed over the bar by Fleming, whilst at the other end, Sarah Danby’s strike from distance landed on the roof of the goal.
Rovers ought to have taken the lead on the half-hour mark when Ainsley Strickland broke free from her marker down the right and supplied a brilliant ball across the face of goal, but Leah Foster somehow skied her shot over the bar from two yards out.
Five minutes later, miscontrol and indecision by Cara Bickett at the back let in McDonnell, but her shot was saved by Hill.
The keeper came to Rovers’ rescue again just before the break, as Hannah Campbell showed good pace to break through on goal, but Hill made a superb save with her legs.
Clear-cut chances were few and far between after the interval, before Fleming fired home the winner on 68 minutes. Picking up possession 30 yards out, the Rovers captain struck an unstoppable shot into the top corner, much to the delight of the home crowd.
Bradford almost responded immediately, but McDonnell’s strike from outside the area hit the crossbar.
Hill was called upon to make a couple of comfortable saves late on, but Rovers saw the game out with ease to secure the points.
Donnelly said: “You could tell that both teams had nothing to play for, in terms of not being able to win the league, and it looked like hard work out there, especially in the first half.
“At half-time, I told the players that we wanted to finish on a high, improve on our points total from last season and take our performances from the back end of this season into the start of next season. And I must say that Amie’s goal was unbelievable.
“Whilst it was a relatively uninspiring performance, we did the job, we were professional in our approach and we got the three points. The players enjoyed playing at Ewood Park and it was good to get a win in front of the fans who came to watch us.”
ROVERS: Hill, Taylor, Bickett (Fenton 84), Cook, Flynn, Fleming, Shepherd, Holbrook, Jordan (Montgomery 90), Foster, Strickland (Hockenhull 65).