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Report: Hull City Ladies 1 Rovers Ladies 2

Sophie Charlton netted twice on her full debut for the Blues

24 March 2019

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Rovers Ladies beat Hull City Ladies 2-1 to remain 10 points clear at the top of the National League Northern Premier Division.

A brace from Charlton on her full debut, either side of Hope Knight’s goal, was enough to secure three points on the road for Rovers. 

There was an early Hull chance when Knight’s shot was blocked on the line and then Amelia Size was called into action to hold her powerful drive. 

But it was the visitors who took the lead - Charlton opening the scoring after 14 minutes. Lauren Davies’ cross evaded Saffron Jordan but Charlton was on hand at the back post to turn the ball home. 

The home side were soon level. Knight ran onto a through ball, winning a 50-50 with Size on the edge of the box before slotting the ball into the empty net. 

And Hull could have been in front minutes later when Knight was through on goal again, only for Size to produce a brilliant save at point blank range to deny her a second. 

Back at the other end, Jordan did well to fashion a chance for herself, only for her shot to cannon back off the post. 

Rovers upped their game in the second half. Alex Taylor exchanged a quick one-two with Charlton before her low shot was saved by Amy Halloran. 

Jordan, Lynda Shepherd and Natasha Fenton all went close before the breakthrough came. Kayleigh McDonald’s free-kick eventually found Charlton at the back post, whose header went in via the post. 

Development player Charlotte Redman came on to make her debut, and made an instant impact off the bench, putting in two dangerous crosses for Charlton, who couldn’t beat Halloran for a third time.

But the three points were already secured, leaving Rovers on the cusp of a third straight league title. 

Next up for the Blues is Sunday’s home game against Derby County Ladies, (2pm).

ROVERS: Size, Jukes, Taylor (Pacitto 80), Shepherd (C), Stuart, Holbrook, Davies (Redman 58), Fenton, Jordan, McDonald, Charlton. 

 Goals:Charlton (14, 70). 

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