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Preview: Rovers Ladies v Sunderland Ladies

Gemma Donnelly’s side return to league action this weekend

10 February 2019

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Rovers Ladies take on Sunderland Ladies on Sunday, searching for a 13th straight league win.

The Blues would go nine points clear at the top of the National League Northern Premier Division with victory. 

Manager Gemma Donnelly has called it a massive game in Rovers’ quest for promotion. 

“This is a huge game for us in that it could potentially move us further away from second placed Huddersfield, still with a game in hand on them.”

“The game will provide us with a different challenge to last week, but one that we are ready for. 

“It will require true grit and ability from the girls and I know that they are more than capable of this.”

The teams met earlier in the season in the FAWNL Cup Quarter-Final, where Rovers came from behind to win 3-1, thanks to goals from Saffron Jordan and a Natasha Flint brace. 

This is the first league meeting between the two sides and Donnelly is not taking the Black Cats lightly. 

“Sunderland are proving themselves to be a tough team to beat despite a number of changes in their personnel.

"They are well drilled and organised and I would expect no difference in their performance against us.”

Rovers were beaten for the first time this season last time out, away to Super League side West Ham United Women in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

“The team have a winning mentality instilled into them so suffering a defeat was obviously disappointing. We had a good opportunity on the day, despite the differing leagues.”

But the boss insists it was not hard to pick the team up from that disappointment.

“The girls have faced adversity before in the League Cup and Championship play-off. They are strong enough to cope with disappointment and always reflect and try to improve.

“While it was a good test for us as a club, we’ve moved on. We look forward to being able to concentrate on our primary focus - which is winning this league.”

Donnelly has a full squad to select from, with no fresh injury concerns ahead of the encounter. 

There’s free entry to Sunday’s game at Accrington and Rossendale College, which is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm.

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