Rovers Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly hopes her young charges will ‘rise to the occasion’ when they take on Bradford City at Ewood Park this Wednesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).
The two teams played out a dramatic 2-2 draw in West Yorkshire last month, during which Rovers conceded three penalties, two of which were saved by goalkeeper Danielle Hill, whilst Bradford had a player sent off and were denied an unlikely win by a late leveller.
Donnelly intends to blood several of the club’s most promising youngsters in the return fixture at Ewood tomorrow night and hopes a bumper crowd can play their part and spur the girls on to success.
“Last time we played Bradford, a month or so ago, it was a very eventful fixture and I’m hoping that it’s not going to be as eventful this time round,” she said.
“We’re missing a couple of key players, as Ella Toone and Kelsey Pearson are away with England Under-17s in Belarus.
“However, it provides some of the girls who are leaving the Centre of Excellence, like Leah Foster, Emily Hockenhull and Ria Montgomery, the opportunity to be involved in the first team squad. So I’m excited to see them and where better to make your first team debut than at Ewood Park.
“I’m hoping that they will rise to the occasion and I want to finish the season on a high after a disappointing result against Sporting Club Albion.
“We played at the Britannia Stadium a couple of weeks ago and it’s always amazing to play at a big Premier League ground. Some of the girls will have played at Ewood Park before, but I’m hoping that we can attract a big crowd and they can be our 12th man and really get behind the Ladies and help cheer us on to victory.”
Season ticket holders can see the match for free on production of their season ticket card. General admission prices are £3 Adults, £1 Concessions. The Jack Walker Lower Tier will be open.