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Ladies ready for season kick-off

Rovers face Lewes in the opening game of the campaign

17 August 2019

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Rovers Ladies kick-off their 2019-20 Women's Championship campaign tomorrow, in what will be the Blues’ first game in the second tier.

Gemma Donnelly’s side are making the long trip down to the South Coast to face Lewes for the curtain raiser, a team entering their second season at this level.  

“I’m looking forward to travelling down to Lewes,” the Rovers boss said ahead of the encounter.

“They’ve been very welcoming of us into this division, as have all the teams.

“We’ve done overnight preparation and travel in the FA Cup before so in terms of planning it won’t be dissimilar to that.

“But how we’re going to play in terms of opposition analysis, our analysis team will be on that providing feedback so we can target certain areas.”

Donnelly is yet to set specific season targets for the players, but is not intent on coming into the Championship just to make up the numbers.

“I’ve got ideas about what I would like to achieve as a team. I don’t want to be unrealistic or set the bar too low for them.

“The first season in a new division, we want to try and get settled, not get relegated, to compete and just put the feelers out there and see what we can expect.

“I’m not going to suggest that we will walk into this league and win it, far from it, but I do want to offer some really good competition.

“And see if these players that have been so dominant in the league below can go up and give a good account of themselves in this division.”

Off the back of the Women’s World Cup, which exposed the Lionesses and women’s football into the national consciousness, Donnelly is hoping to see a few new faces at Bamber Bridge when Rovers host London Bees in the Blues’ first home game of the season on Sunday August 25th.

“It was fantastic to see. It’s certainly kicked on again this snowball effect and I really hope that the legacy of the World Cup continues to go viral.

“And that can only mean that players and teams can benefit from it.”

It’s a 1pm kick-off at Lewes’ Dripping Pan Stadium, and you can follow all the action on Twitter, @RoversLadies.


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