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Donnelly anticipating another tough fixture

The title winners host Huddersfield this evening

16 April 2019

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Rovers Ladies boss Gemma Donnelly insists her team won’t be taking tonight’s game lightly, ahead of hosting Huddersfield Town Ladies at Bamber Bridge, (7:45pm).

The Blues have already wrapped up the title for a third season running, but still have three league games to play, in between three cup finals. 

Donnelly said: “Tonight’s game will be another difficult encounter. I’ll be encouraging the girls to not allow their high standards to drop. It’s important to maintain our consistency right until the very end of the season. 

“I won’t take this game lightly, despite having won the league already. It’s an ideal opportunity for us to use the game as preparation for our cup finals. 

Rovers last met the Terriers in the League Cup Quarter-Final, when the visitors ran out 3-1 winners. Rovers were also victorious in the league fixture at the Stafflex Arena, edging a thrilling encounter 4-3. 

“It’s the first time we've played Huddersfield at home and last year they were only one of two teams to beat us at home.” 

The game comes just two days after the Blues’ away triumph at Stoke, which may allow a shake-up of the squad, ahead of some huge cup finals. 

The home side will be without Lauren Davies and Chelsey Jukes, and Donnelly plans to include some of Rovers’ double-winning Development team. 

These include Player of the Match from Sunday’s Reserve Cup Final, Ebony Stinson, as well as fellow midfielders Caitlin Gerrard and Issy Pacitto and defenders Megan Dykes and Courtney Turner. 

“It provides an opportunity for some of the youngsters to see how they fair against a great opposition. 

“As anticipated, it was a tough encounter due to the physicality and directness of Stoke’s game. But having to deal with such differences in this league definitely equips us for varied opposition.”

“The players rose to the challenge and stepped up a gear, as that was one game they really wanted to make their mark on. 

“Serena (Fletcher) particularly stood out for her competitive ability against such a strong team. And our midfield trio of Lynda Shepherd, Natasha Fenton and Jess Holbrook were excellent.”

Tickets for tonight’s game are priced at £4 for adults and £2 for concessions. There’s free entry for Rovers Season Ticket holders and One Club members. 

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