Rovers Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly believes her players deserve huge credit for coming through another gruelling campaign as league champions.
On the back of 10 games in 28 days, Rovers retained the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division title on Sunday following a 4-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.
The title triumph completed a league and cup treble for Donnelly’s charges, who lifted the Premier League Cup courtesy of a 3-1 win over Leicester City on April 29th and then the Lancashire FA Women’s Challenge Cup courtesy of a 6-1 victory over Chorley on May 10th.
Amidst an unforgiving fixture schedule, Donnelly insists her players continue to rise to the challenge and is delighted to see them rewarded with a second successive league crown.
“First of all, we have to say thank you to Nottingham Forest, who are a much-improved side and it was a really tough performance from them, which made it that little bit sweeter that we’ve had to work incredibly hard in this game to win the league,” said the Ladies boss.
“This whole season has just been so tough. Coming back after last season, trying to galvanise the team, the postponements and breaks in the season, and then just the backlog of fixtures, I can’t begin to describe how tough this season has been mentally, emotionally and any psychological aspect of it, but these girls just keep on surprising me.
“We’ve had two weeks of lifting the League Cup, the county cup and now the league trophy and who would have thought that we could do it again? All credit has to go to the team, they are just such a phenomenal force and I’m just so thrilled for them.”
Rovers Ladies will be presented with the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division trophy following Tuesday’s game against Stoke City at Ewood Park.
In what will be the final fixture to take place at Ewood until the new season, all supporters are encouraged to come and celebrate the Ladies’ incredible season of success.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm and entry is FREE for Rovers season ticket holders, otherwise £5 for adults and £3 for kids.