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Cash praises proven player pathway

Five Development players featured in the first-team on Wednesday

3 May 2019

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Ellie Cash was proud of her Development players, who stepped in to help Rovers record a 9-1 league victory over Bradford City.

Five different players got their name on the scoresheet in Yorkshire, including Carra Jones, who came off the bench to score on her first-team debut.

“The first-team have been putting the ball in the back of the net for fun this season but I’m proud of Carra who’s stepped up and made her debut appearance,” Cash said.

“I said to her to take the opportunity when it comes and she’s gone and done that so I’m happy with that.”

Eve Clarkson also came off the bench to replace Megan Dykes, while Hannah Walsh and Amelia Size both played 90 minutes. 

“It gives them a chance to recognise and realise what they need to do and what they need to work on to step up and make that extra step into the first-team.

“It’s all well and good being successful in the Development squad, but they need to see what the tempo is like and the pace of play.

“So it’s really good for them to get the opportunity to be in this environment.”

Cash’s side have retained the league title for the third season running to mirror the first team’s achievements and also won the Reserve League Cup.  

They finished off the league season with a win last weekend, beating Durham 2-1 thanks to goals from Jones and Charlotte Redman.

“It’s been a successful season. The ultimate goal for them is how can they make an impact and get in and around the senior side.

“They are doing that gradually. We’ve had a couple of players who have been with the Development squad that are first-team squad players. There’s five from today that have got on the pitch.

“That’s what our challenge is. The competitions are great, it’s brilliant to win for the girls.

But if we’re not feeding into the first-team, we’re not doing our job and we have done so that’s good.”


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