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Report: Rovers Ladies 6 Stoke City Ladies 1

Top scorer Saffron Jordan nets a hat-trick for the Blues

29 October 2018

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Rovers Ladies put another three points on the board with a stunning 6-1 victory over Stoke City Ladies in a fiercely competitive game at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

A hat-trick from Saffron Jordan, a brace from Natasha Flint and Ellie Stewart’s second half goal ensured Rovers continued their 100% start to the season.

Jordan broke the deadlock inside 30 seconds, taking Jess Holbrook’s cross in her stride and finishing into the bottom corner.

At the other end the visitors threatened through Amy Hughes, but Danielle Gibbons was on hand to comfortably save.

Rovers created a host of early chances. Jordan squared to Makin at the back post but the winger couldn’t find the target. Lauren Davies then pulled the ball back for Jordan, but the striker’s shot was blocked in the area.

Stewart headed wide from Natasha Fenton’s corner, before the midfielder played a pinpoint pass to Flint, but Wright was equal to Flint’s low effort.

Jordan turned provider for the second goal, playing an aerial pass to Flint, who expertly controlled the ball before calmly finishing past the keeper.

Stoke had a rare effort on goal soon after, but Hannah Keryakopolis’ shot went wide of Rovers’ goal.

Flint bagged a brace on the half hour mark, picking up Stewart’s long ball and passing it in from close range.

Jordan was a constant threat, chesting down Lagan Makin’s cross and seeing her shot deflected out for a corner.

Stoke threatened early in the second half as the ball dropped to Ashleigh Hayes in the box, but she fired over.

Rovers came close just before scoring a fourth of the afternoon. Jordan rounded the ‘keeper and hit the post from a tight angle. Stewart would not be denied, pouncing on a knock down in the area to volley home.

The home side scored a fifth when Lynda Shepherd’s powerful strike was parried into the path of Jordan, who was in the right place to finish from close range.

And the forward almost scored her hat trick, ghosting in at the back post to meet Makin’s cross, but couldn’t hit the target with her outstretched boot.
She would net her third with just over five minutes to go, sliding onto a loose ball in the box to score her 18th goal of the season.

There was something for Stoke’s away support to cheer when substitute Kelsey Richardson netted a late consolation goal, but that did not stop Rovers running out convincing winners.

Next up for Rovers Ladies is another home game against Nottingham Forest next Sunday, (kick off 2pm).

ROVERS: Gibbons (GK), Jukes, Shepherd (C), Holbrook, Davies, (Kennerley, 69), Fenton (Walsh, 82), Jordan, Flint, Makin, McDonald, Stewart.

Unused Sub: Taylor.


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