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Ladies looking for more cup success

Gemma Donnelly’s side have won the regional competition a record 12 times

17 November 2018

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Rovers Ladies travel to Poolfoot Farm to face Fleetwood Town Wrens Ladies in the Quarter Final of the Lancashire FA Challenge Cup on Sunday.

Manager Gemma Donnelly wants more of the same from her players, as they target continuing a 100% winning record in all competitions this season.

Sunday’s opponents Fleetwood are a newly formed team, currently playing in the North West Women’s Regional Premier League – the fifth tier of women’s football.

Donnelly said: “We approach the game the same as every other. We turn up and give the best account of ourselves that we can, irrespective of the opposition.

“It’s important not to be complacent and to maintain our standards,” she added.

Rovers are holders of the Cup and beat Morecambe Ladies 14-0 in the last round. The Blues have now scored 73 goals in the opening 13 games of the season, conceding just eight.

“Historically we’ve done well in this competition and we want to carry that on. It’s a game that will probably pose us with different problems to what we might usually face so we need to ensure we are adaptable and prepared for the unknown. “

Rovers’ last two league games have produced 14 goals without reply, against Nottingham Forest and Derby.

“Our targets are to keep a clean sheet and to be clinical in front of goal. We strive this from the players week in week out, whoever the opposition is.

“In order to get them up for the game we’ll have our own targets and that should be enough for them to be professional, enjoy the game and to demonstrate why we are top of the league.

Rovers welcome back Natasha Flint to the squad after she missed the 7-0 victory at Derby. The striker will be looking to add to her 17 goals for the season. But Donnelly was full of praise for her replacement.

“Beth (Donoghue) got a few minutes last week and I thought Eve (Kennerley) was excellent, playing out of position. She got on the score sheet and worked relentlessly hard up front.

“We’re taking a full strength squad because it’s a competition that we take seriously. We don’t want to underestimate our opponents.

“I’ll be looking at everyone getting a good run out and maintaining our momentum. I’m keen to give everyone an opportunity, especially those players who are deserving of a place in the starting 11.

The Development side are also in action on Sunday, in the Quarter Final of the Reserve League Cup.

“They’ve warranted playing in and starting that game. It would be unfair for us to move teams around to gain an advantage in either match.”

Rovers’ game at Poolfoot Farm kicks off at 2pm, with free admission. The Development team face West Bromwich Albion at Accrington and Rossendale College.

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