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Report: Rovers Ladies 9 Doncaster Belles Ladies 2

Gemma Donnelly's side make it 10 wins in a row

26 November 2018

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Rovers Ladies continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 9-2 home victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Natasha Flint scored five as the Blues were in scintillating form going forward. Further goals from Ellie Stewart, Bethany Donoghue and a brace from Lagan Makin sealed the win for Gemma Donnelly’s side.

It was the visitors who threatened early on and had the ball in the net first - but the Belles’ goal was ruled out for offside.

Rovers soon established control of the game and took the lead inside the first 10 minutes. Jess Holbrook got to the byline and crossed for Flint who used her strength to get past the defender and finish emphatically.

Rovers doubled the lead just two minutes later as Makin cut inside from the left and smashed the ball into the top corner.

In a breathless opening to the game, Doncaster reduced the deficit immediately. A cross from the right hit Kayleigh McDonald and there was nothing the defender could do as the ball flew into the back of the net.

The home side scored the third within 60 seconds of conceding as Makin and Flint combined, with the latter rounding Doncaster keeper Chloe Gray and slotting the ball home.

Lauren Davies then showed great vision to pick out Donoghue with a long pass forward and the striker made no mistake, calmly striking the ball in.

Rovers hit five on the half hour mark when Stewart headed in Holbrook’s corner.

Flint soon grabbed her hat-trick, heading in a Davies cross following good build up play from Holbrook.

Izzy Whittle scored a consolation second for Doncaster, rising highest to meet Zoe Belding’s corner.

But Rovers re-established their five goal cushion before the break. It was that same combination as Flint finished off Makin’s cross to net her fourth of the afternoon.

And it didn’t take long for Rovers to score an eighth when Makin flicked in Donoghue’s shot from the edge of the box.

Flint rounded off the scoring, beating the offside trap before smashing the ball into the top corner to complete the rout and score her 21st goal of the season in all competitions.

Rovers turn their attention to the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday, when the Blues travel to face Wolves Women in the Second Round, (2pm).

Rovers: Gibbons, Jukes (Walsh 57), Shepherd (C), Holbrook, Davies, Fenton (Taylor 68), Flint, Makin, McDonald, Donoghue (Kennerley 71), Stewart.

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