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Preview: Bradford Women v Rovers Ladies

Gemma Donnelly’s side are chasing a 16th straight league victory

12 March 2019

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Rovers Ladies can edge closer to a third successive league title when they travel to face Bradford City on Wednesday night, (7:45pm).

The Blues sit 10 points clear of Sunderland, having played three fewer games than the Black Cats.  

“The cushion is really advantageous but it doesn’t mean we’ll take our foot off the gas”, manager Gemma Donnelly assured.  

“We just don’t feel the pressure as much as if we had to play catch-up.

“The girls are all professional. Even with games in hand and points on the board, we’ll continue to drive and try to take the points as we move forward.”

Sunday’s game against Huddersfield was postponed, giving the team a welcome break from competitive action. 

“The girls needed the rest. We’ve had a hectic schedule over the last couple of months so it was good to afford them time to regroup and take a bit of a breather in-between games. 

“It’s okay for us to allow the girls to take some time away from football before we focus back on the league. Even though we’ve had a week off, we’re fully prepared.”

Rovers boast a perfect league record after 15 games. And Donnelly is hoping to extend that run in Yorkshire. 

“Over the last couple of seasons we’ve been hugely successful away from home. We want to carry that form on.

“I hope that the players will continue to demonstrate their strength in the league.”

Bradford have struggled in the Northern Premier Division and are yet to pick up a point this season. Rovers won the reverse fixture 10-0 in October, with Natasha Flint scoring five.

“It was a heavy victory but I wouldn’t suggest that will happen again, as Bradford have improved. 

“We certainly won’t disrespect Bradford and take them lightly. We do our homework and prepare according - Bradford’s no difference.

“We’ll turn up ready to go about our business and put a display on with anticipation of coming away with all the points.”

Adults are £4 and U16s go free for the game at Eccleshill United FC. You can follow all the action on Twitter, (@RoversLadies). 

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