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Report: Rovers Ladies 2 Sunderland Ladies 1

Natasha Flint scored her 50th Rovers goal to help Rovers win again

10 February 2019

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Rovers Ladies recorded a 13th straight league victory by beating Sunderland Ladies 2-1 on a bitterly cold afternoon at Accrington and Rossendale College.

Black Cats captain Keira Ramshaw gave the visitors the lead before a Natasha Flint double handed Gemma Donnelly’s side all three points.

Sunderland started on the front foot and seized an early advantage when Ramshaw took aim from distance and found the bottom corner. 

Conceding only spurred Rovers into life and they very nearly responded when Lauren Davies picked out Flint, who switched play for Lagan Makin to strike narrowly over the bar. 

Flint went close when Jess Holbrook found her in the box, but Allison Cowling was down to parry the striker’s effort away. 

A clever free-kick routine got Rovers back on level terms. Natasha Fenton laid off her namesake on the edge of the area to rifle the ball home with her left-foot. 

That was Flint’s 50th goal for the club, but the England Under-23 international wasn’t done there.

In the next meaningful action of the game she showed great feet in the box to dance past a defender and slot the ball out of Cowling’s reach, netting her 32nd goal of the season in all competitions to put Rovers in front. 

The away side went close to drawing level when Charlotte Potts’ header cannoned back off the post from Georgia Gibson’s corner, but Rovers were now very much in the ascendency. 

Some unselfish running from Saffron Jordan on the stroke of half-time allowed Flint to create an opening for Makin, who looked set to score until Cowling pulled off a brilliant save to deny her. 

Clear-cut chances dried up in the second period, but Holbrook did capitalise on Jordan’s strong hold-up play to set up Makin, who volleyed straight at Cowling. 

At the other end, substitute Mollie Lambert almost made an immediate impact for the visitors, seeing her strike from distance cannon against the Rovers crossbar.

Holbrook’s powerful strike was then tipped over, as the Blues went in search of an elusive third goal.

But when that didn’t arrive, there was always going to be time for a late Sunderland chance. Into added time, the ball fell to Gibson from a free-kick, but she couldn’t find the target and Sunderland's hopes of an equaliser were dashed. 

Rovers are straight back in league action on Thursday, when the Blues host Fylde Ladies at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, (7:45pm). 

ROVERS: Gibbons, Jukes, Shepherd (C), Holbrook, Davies, Fenton, Jordan (Donoghue 85), Makin (Taylor 71), McDonald, Fletcher.

Unused sub: Stuart.

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