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A record-breaking year

It’s been a historic 12 months for Gemma Donnelly’s side

28 December 2018

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Rovers Ladies have enjoyed a record-breaking year, winning three trophies to end the 2017/18 season and then reaching the midpoint of the 2018/19 season with a 100% record.

Here’s our review of 2018…

The Ladies retained the league title with three games to spare, ending last season with seven successive league victories in a hectic four-week period.

Rovers then defeated Leicester City Women 3-1 to win the League Cup for the first time in the club’s history.

They lifted the County Cup for a 12th time by beating Chorley 6-1 in the final, to complete a league and cup treble.

The Development team also won the Reserve Northern Division 1 league title for a second year running, and this season they sit two points clear at the top, with a game in hand.

The first-team have a perfect league record in the current campaign, winning 10 out of 10 games so far.

A League Cup Quarter Final awaits, while they have also booked a place in Lancashire FA Challenge Cup last four. 

The Blues top the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division by three points, despite playing two games less than their nearest challengers, Huddersfield Town Ladies.

Some of the highlights include breezing past Bradford City Women 10-0 and making light work of Doncaster Rovers Belles, scoring nine away from home and keeping a clean sheet in the process.

They have also put seven past Derby County Ladies without reply, and beat both Nottingham Forest Ladies and Sheffield FC Ladies by the same scoreline.

In total, the team have scored 95 goals in all competitions, conceding just 12. 

But perhaps more impressive is their ability to come from behind in games, with a never say die attitude that has been instilled into the side by manager Gemma Donnelly and her coaching staff.

Against both Fylde Ladies and Sunderland Ladies in the League Cup, Rovers were a goal down at home, but their quality and character shone through to win both games in 90 minutes and progress in the competition.

Despite the success, records and points accrued so far this season, the team continues to take each game as it comes, not wanting to get ahead of themselves and let complacency set in.

The Ladies will kick off 2019 with a trip to Oxford United Women in the SSE Women’s FA Cup Third Round, on Sunday 6th January, (2pm). 

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