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Derby clash in the League Cup

“Both teams have points to prove and want a win over their rivals”

14 October 2018

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Rovers Ladies host Fylde Ladies in the FA Women’s National League Cup on Sunday, with a place in the last 16 of the competition at stake.

The Blues go into the game as holders, after winning a domestic treble of the FAWNL, FAWNL Cup and Lancashire County Cup last season.

Manager Gemma Donnelly said: “This is a competition we want to do well in. I know what my aims are and the players have discussed a number of targets together and what they would like to achieve collectively over the season.

“We certainly don’t want to stand still. I think it is really important that we set our standards and targets and that’s our drive for this season.”

Rovers beat Liverpool Feds 5-4 on penalties in the League Cup Preliminary Round, after a thrilling game ended 3-3 after 90 minutes.

The First Round Proper was a similarly tight affair with Rovers edging the game 2-1, thanks to a brace from striker Saffron Jordan.

Sunday’s game should have an extra edge, not only as a derby match, but also because Rovers have a few former Fylde players in their squad.

Midfielders Lauren Davies and Eve Kennerley both made the move from their coastal rivals this summer, while Natasha Flint and Lagan Makin did the same last season.

When the teams met at Fylde’s Kellamergh Park earlier in the season, it was Rovers who came out on top, with Jordan scoring the only goal of the game.

Donnelly recalled: “I thought we dominated the first half and much of the second, but in the last 20 minutes they found an extra gear and stepped it up.

“They also restricted us to half chances by doing what most teams have done so far this season and camped behind the ball - looking to counter on the break.”

And she expects more of the same from their opponents, who have picked up nine points from nine going into Sunday’s encounter: “They’ll be feeling very confident about today’s game. Both teams have points to prove - for them to knock the current holders out and achieve a win over their rivals.”

The Rovers boss has a near full squad to choose from and is expecting to add Makin back into the squad after injury kept her out of last week’s victory at Middlesbrough Women.

There’s free entry to Sunday’s game at Accrington and Rossendale College, (kick off 2pm). Or follow all the action on Twitter (@RoversLadies).

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