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Donnelly preparing for the task ahead

“I guess that’s welcome to the Championship”

19 August 2019

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Gemma Donnelly has challenged her players to work even harder to ensure the team compete in the Championship.

Rovers were beaten 5-1 by Lewes on the opening day of the season, but were well in the game until a flurry of late goals put a big margin between the two sides at full-time.

“I don’t think there’s any shame in the result,” Donnelly said after the game.  

“It just means that we need to work even harder now in training to ensure that we’re more competitive in the games that we’ve got to play.

“This is the level that we’ve got to compete at and that we want to compete at and that we’ve worked so hard to get to.

“I guess that’s just welcome to the Championship.”

The Blues were forced to withdraw goalscorer Natasha Flint in the second-half due to injury and were only able to name four substitutes on the bench.

And having missed the likes of Chelsey Jukes and Rhema Lord-Mears for the trip to Lewes, both players will bolster the squad once they return.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming back some of the injured players as well as two players from holiday.

“And some signings which will bolster the squad, so that’s going to be exciting.”

The Rovers boss is eager to get back to familiar surroundings at Bamber Bridge next week, for the visit of London Bees.

“Everyone wants to play at home and build the fortress. We know the advantages of our home venue with the home crowd.”

Tickets for Rovers' home game against London Bees on Sunday 25th August are now on sale. Visit the Roverstore, call 01254 37200, or click here to buy now. 

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