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Jordan fires Rovers back to the top

18 January 2017

Rovers Ladies powered their way back to the top of the FA Women's Premier League North table in emphatic style with a 4-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday.

After a successful run of results in the cups, Gemma Donnelly's side returned to league action with an impressive away win over the Foxes.

Shooting star Saffron Jordan did the damage with a fine hat-trick along side a penalty kick from captain Lynda Shepherd to see the unbeaten Rovers back at the top ahead of second-placed Middlesbrough on goal difference, but with four games in hand.

It was a keenly fought contest from the start, both sides applying early pressure, but equally both sides defending well.

However as the first half wore on it was Rovers who upped the ante and their pressure paid off when they were awarded a 30th minute penalty which Shepherd slammed home via the underside of the crossbar.

The visitors pressed for further goals and grabbed a crucial second just before the break when Ella Toone's perfect cross was finished well by Jordan.

Leicester missed a great chance to get back into the game at the start of the second half, hitting the post when it looked easier to score, and Rovers took full advantage.

On the hour a lovely piece of footwork from Jordan allowed herself the space and time to get the shot away from outside the area, and she made no mistake with an outstanding effort into the top corner.

Just five minutes later the young forward was celebrating her hat-trick. A long ball forward picked out Jordan in the area and she showed great awareness with an instinctive first-time finish into the corner.

To their credit Leicester fought hard to the end, but a strong display at the back from Rovers ensured their defence wouldn't be breached allowing them to celebrate a ninth win from ten league matches.

ROVERS: Hill, Fryer (sub Rankin 69 mins), Pearson, Stewart, Cook, Shepherd, Fenton (sub McCoy 68 mins), Holbrook, Jordan (sub Strickland 70 mins), Whitham, Toone.

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