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Ladies win top of table clash

21 November 2016

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Rovers Ladies returned to the top of the table after defeating Middlesbrough 2-1 on Sunday.

Goals from Natasha Fenton and Saffron Jordan ensured the Ladies made it eight wins from nine to put daylight between them and their nearest rivals.

Despite a late change of venue due to the weather, Rovers were strong starters, taking the lead after just 11 minutes thanks to a 30-yard screamer from Fenton.

Boro looked to hit back quickly but they couldn't find a way past keeper Danielle Hill who made several fantastic saves to keep the home side at bay.

Those saves would prove to be all the more important as Rovers doubled their advantage on 36 minutes when Jordan pounced on a loose ball in the area to force it over the line.

Boosted by their second goal, Rovers were comfortable in the second half. Lynda Shepherd was inches wide with a shot from distance, before Jordan almost grabbed her second of the match but saw her header go just past the post.

Gemma Donnelly's side looked to be seeing the game out with ease but the hosts were awarded a penalty eight minutes from time when Bianca Owens was brought down in the area. The Boro player picking herself up to fire home to halve the scoreline.

That prompted late pressure from Middlesbrough, but Rovers saw the game out to claim a hard-fought victory and a valuable three points.

ROVERS: Hill, Cook, McDonald, Pearson, Whitham, Shepherd, Fenton, Strickland (sub Holbrook 63 mins), Jordan, Toone, Rankin (sub Taylor 73 mins).

Subs not used: McCoy, Fryer.

Rovers next travel to West Bromwich Albion Women on Sunday, you can follow our coverage live on twitter at @RoversLadies.

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