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Report: Derby County Ladies 0 Rovers Ladies 7

Saffron Jordan scored her fourth hat-trick of the season

12 November 2018

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Rovers Ladies extended their 100% start to the season with a convincing 7-0 away win against Derby County Ladies on Sunday.

Saffron Jordan netted a hat-trick and further goals from Natasha Fenton, Lynda Shepherd, Eve Kennerley and Alex Taylor rounded off the scoring in the East Midlands.

Three quick fire finishes had Rovers in complete control early on. Fenton opened the scoring inside five minutes with a curling free-kick from 25 yards out which nestled into the bottom corner.

The lead was doubled two minutes later. Another Fenton free-kick, this time floated into the box, found Shepherd to head into the path of Jordan, who slid in to finish first time.

It was all Rovers in the opening stages as Lagan Makin skipped past Hannah Ward only to see her effort come back off the post.

The visitors had the chance to add a third when they were awarded a penalty for pulling back in the box, but Shepherd’s spot kick cannoned back off the bar.

The Rovers skipper did find the net minutes later. Again Fenton was the provider, whipping an inviting free-kick into the box for Shepherd, who headed in to make it 3-0.

The home side had their first effort on target on the half hour mark. Danielle Gibbons was down quickly to parry away Cara Newton’s low shot.

Makin caused more problems down the Derby right, first seeing a strike graze the top of the bar before cutting inside and firing narrowly wide just before the break.

Gemma Donnelly’s side were in no mood to let up after the interval. Shepherd’s poked effort was cleared off the line but Kennerley was not to be denied a minute later.

Jess Holbrook squared the ball for Kennerley, whose first-time finish found the bottom corner.

Jordan did not take long to add the fifth, making no mistake from close range, sliding the ball past Derby keeper Sarah Morgan after anticipating Stewart’s header into the box.

Jordan was in unstoppable form and scored her fourth hat-trick of the season with a superb strike from the edge of the box.

Stewart preserved Rovers’ second consecutive clean sheet with a fantastic block on the line, denying Jodie Redgrave a certain goal.

Back at the other end, Holbrook played in Jordan but she could not add to her tally as her shot flew over the bar. Holbrook then created a set piece opportunity but Fenton headed over the bar.

The seventh goal came seven minutes from time when substitute Alex Taylor dribbled into the box and scored from a tight angle, beating Morgan at her near post.

There was almost a goal for Bethany Donoghue on her return from injury, but after good build up play involving Makin, Fenton and Hannah Walsh, Donoghue was unable to find the target from Jordan’s pass across the box.

Rovers turn their attention to the County Cup next weekend, as they travel to Fleetwood Town Wrens in the Quarter Final of the competition.

Rovers: Gibbons, Jukes, Shepherd (C), Holbrook (Walsh 75), Davies (Taylor 61), Fenton, Jordan, Makin, McDonald, Kennerley (Donoghue 75), Stewart.

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