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Report: Nottingham Forest Ladies 2 Rovers Ladies 5

Gemma Donnelly’s side came back to claim all three points on their travels

7 April 2019

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Rovers Ladies produced a superb second-half showing to come from two goals down away at Nottingham Forest Ladies and win 5-2.

Goals from Lynda Shepherd, Natasha Flint, Sophie Charlton and a brace from Saffron Jordan secured another three points for the reigning league champions, who showed their powers of recovery after a poor first 45 minutes.

The game was slow to get going and following a delayed kick-off due to Rovers’ travel issues, it took 16 minutes for the first shot on target - Flint firing at Aja Aguirre in the Forest goal. 

It was the home side who broke the deadlock midway through the first-half. Katie Middleton capitalised on some indecisiveness in the Rovers backline to score the opener from distance, despite the best efforts of Chelsey Jukes to head her shot clear off the line. 

And it was soon two as Precious Hamilton prodded home at the second attempt after being left unmarked at a Forest corner. 

The visitors had it all to do but showed signs of promise when Makin met Alex Taylor’s cross and flicked the ball wide before Jess Holbrook shot straight at Aguirre and Flint’s strike sailed over the bar. 

Rovers continued to pile the pressure on before the interval. Aguirre saved Jordan's shot and palmed Makin’s cross away, before holding onto Flint’s effort.

And somehow the visitors didn’t score when Jordan’s shot hit both posts and rolled right across the goal line. 

Within 10 second-half minutes Rovers had pulled one back. Makin’s pace was too much for the Forest defence, and when her cross was parried out by Aguirre, Jordan was on hand to finish first-time.

Two minutes later, Rovers were level. A Forest player was penalised for handball and there was no stopping the resulting penalty as captain Shepherd emphatically fired her spot kick into the corner of the net.

The Blues kept the pressure up and could have taken the lead when Natasha Fenton’s shot sailed narrowly over from a tight angle and Taylor’s cross was almost turned into her own net by Forest captain Lyndsey Harkin. 

Rovers finally took the lead thanks to an unbelievable goal from Rovers’ number 10. Holbrook cut her corner back to Flint, who hit an unstoppable first-time strike into the top corner from 25 yards out, with her left foot. 

Jordan scored her second of the afternoon and her 38th of the season to make it 4-2. She exchanged a quick one-two with Davies before a clinical finish in the box.

Charlton came off the bench to net her fourth in as many games to continue a fine start to her Rovers career. The forward latched onto Davies cross late on to tap in from close range and make the scoreline even more emphatic. 

Rovers are on the road again next Sunday, when they travel to face Stoke City Ladies at Community Drive, (2pm). 

ROVERS: Size, Jukes, Taylor (Davies 70), Shepherd (C), Holbrook, Fenton, Jordan, Flint (Charlton 73), Makin, McDonald, Fletcher. 

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