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Donnelly: There’s still a lot to fight for

“They'll continue to strive for the highest standards and performances on and off the pitch.”

6 April 2019

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Rovers Ladies manager Gemma Donnelly is hoping her side will continue to prove why they are league champions, when they travel to Nottingham Forest this weekend.

It’s the first game since the Blues won the title for a third straight season, and one of five remaining league games. 

The boss said: “It’s job done in terms of target for the season. But they want to carry on the successful streak. 

“I’d like to think that an element of professionalism has been instilled into the players and that they will continue to strive for the highest standards and performances both on and off the pitch.”

And Donnelly is not worried about having to motivate her team, with three cup finals also on the horizon. 

“We’ve had a reasonable week in training even with the weather on Thursday. Everyone was in high spirits following Sunday’s game. 

“We’ve not thought about the finals. Our focus this week has been the Forest game. We like to work one week at a time. So up until the week before, our focus will remain on the league.”

In terms of team news, there could be a couple of changes from last weekend. Kayleigh McDonald will require a fitness test and Charlotte Stuart is ruled out of the game. 

Meanwhile, the visitors will present a different challenge from the last time Rovers faced them, with a new manager in the dugout. 

“I was surprised the see Graham (Abercrombie) depart Forest. I’m unsure of the circumstances but I’ve always held him in high regard. 

“Forest have had a challenging season and whether that be down to personnel, I’m not too sure. 

“It was a comfortable victory at home last time we played and the game will really be determined by how we approach it on Sunday.

“I hope that we put in a worthy performance of league champions.”

Elsewhere, the Development team need one point to secure a third straight Reserve league title. Ellie Cash’s side face second placed Sheffield United at Accrington and Rossendale College on Sunday, (2pm). 

Tickets for the first-team game are priced at £2.50 for adults and free for concessions. Or you can follow all the action from both games on Twitter, @RoversLadies.  

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