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Preview: Rovers Ladies v Fylde Ladies

It’s a Valentine’s Day coastal derby for Rovers

14 February 2019

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Rovers Ladies are in local derby action on Thursday evening when they host Fylde Ladies.

Manager Gemma Donnelly has warned her players “cannot afford to become complacent on the pitch” as they look to extend their winning run.

Rovers can move 11 points clear ar the top of the Northern Premier Division table with a win. 

Donnelly said: “It’ll be a hard fought contest for us to try and extend our lead in the league given the results from the close opposition last night. 

“We’re entering the business end of the season. We must ensure we handle the pressure to achieve our overall aim of pushing for promotion.”

One goal was enough for the Blues to take all three points from the trip to Fylde Ladies earlier in the season. 

The pair have also met in the League Cup this season, with Rovers coming from behind to win 3-2 and progress into the next round of the competition. 

“We want to continue our fine form this season. Fylde will be looking for that elusive win against us which they haven’t been to able to achieve for several seasons.

“Both games were incredibly tight and credit has to go to Fylde for their tactical nous.”

Fylde come into the game off the back of 3-1 victory away at Guiseley Vixens on Sunday. That result means the Coasters are on a run of three consecutive victories in all competitions. 

Rovers were also winners last weekend, coming from behind to beat Sunderland Ladies 2-1. 

“It was a really good contest and I hope it has been good match preparation for tonight’s game,” Donnelly continued.

“Lauren Davies had a superb game and it will be a good match tonight given it will be her old team, to see if she can have a repeat performance.”

After the departure of attackers Bethany Donoghue and Eve Kennerley, tonight will also provide several of the Development squad an experience in the local derby. 

“All the young players are familiar with the pressure environment and so will be wanting to make an impact should they be given a chance.”

It’s a 7:45pm kick-off at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, with free entry for Rovers Season Ticket holders and One Club members.  

If you can’t make the game, follow live updates on Twitter, @RoversLadies. 

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