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Ladies fell Forest

30 January 2017

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Rovers Ladies moved three points clear at the top of the table with a hard-fought 2-1 victory away to Nottingham Forest.

After a slow start, Rovers opened the scoring on nine minutes. Jess Holbrook spotted the run of Saffron Jordan, who lobbed the Forest keeper to give Rovers an early lead.

Forest created a couple of chances, before Ellie Stewart saw a long-range strike sail over the bar midway through the half. 

On 35 minutes, Forest striker Charlotte Broad created an opening on the edge of the area and her powerful strike seemed destined for the top corner, but Danielle Hill was equal to it with a superb fingertip save.

Lynda Shepherd came close to doubling Rovers’ lead on the stroke of half-time, but her looping shot cannoned against the crossbar and Forest then levelled five minutes after the break, when Broad dug out an effort which went in off the post.

It was important that Rovers reacted quickly and they did. A defensive error on 57 minutes gave Ella Toone the opportunity to lob the ball into the empty net and she duly obliged.

Holbrook then saw a low drive deflect wide, before former Rover Andi Bell shot straight at Hill. The Rovers keeper was called upon again soon after – making another outstanding fingertip save to deny Forest an equaliser, before pouncing on a scramble in the box, with the follow-up shot skimming the top of the bar.

In the closing stages, substitute Emma Rankin had a shot cleared off the line, as Rovers saw the game out to extend their unbeaten run to 20 games!

Gemma Donnelly’s side are back in action this Sunday at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the Women’s FA Cup. Admission at Bamber Bridge is £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and FREE for season ticket holders.

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