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Ladies put five past Boro

14 February 2017

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Rovers Ladies extended their lead at the top of the FA Women’s Premier League to six points with a convincing 5-1 victory over fellow title challengers Middlesbrough.

Having suffered their first defeat of the season in the FA Cup the previous weekend, the Ladies bounced back in fine style to put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

Rovers started the better taking the lead just nine minutes in. A corner from Jess Holbrook was swung in with Ellie Stewart getting on the end of it to open her goalscoring account for the club.

The home side continued to put plenty of pressure on the Boro defence and a second goal duly arrived on 20 minutes. Ella Toone doubling Rovers' advantage when she took advantage of space just outside the area to curl the ball home.

They could have had a third before the break as Lynda Shepherd saw a shot tipped onto the crossbar.

However just ahead of the hour mark Rovers did grab a third. Good work from Shepherd saw the Ladies captain race into the area from the left before cutting it back for Fay McCoy to apply the finishing touch.

Despite trailing by three Middlesbrough didn't let their heads dropped and pulled a goal back just four minutes later. Danielle Hill made a brilliant save to keep out a free-kick, but Emma Foster was on hand to snap up the rebound.

But that Boro goal would prove to be mere consolation as Rovers restored their three-goal advantage in sensational fashion on 68 minutes. Shepherd getting amongst the goals with a looping long-tange effort.

The match was wrapped up in the closing stages with a fifth Rovers goal. Natasha Fenton adding to her reputation of a long-range specialist with a strike in off the post from 18-yards.

The Ladies are back in action this Thursday night when they face AFC Fylde at Bamber Bridge kick-off 7.45pm. Rovers season ticket holders can see the game for free on production of their season ticket cards. General admission prices are: £3 for Adults and £1 for Juniors.

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