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Holbrook pays tribute to Shepherd

“It’s a brilliant way for Shep to bow out”

19 May 2019

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Jess Holbrook paid tribute to midfield partner and Rovers Ladies captain Lynda Shepherd, after her final game for the club.

Rovers wrapped up a clean sweep of trophies by beating Coventry United 3-0 in the Championship Play Off. 

Holbrook said: “The girls have just been brilliant from start to end and it’s a brilliant way to bow out, especially for Shep as well. It couldn’t have gone any better, so it’s amazing.

“She’s such a role model. She leads us so well and she’s a great player. We’re going to really, really miss her.

“She’s done everything she can for us and left us in a good place so hopefully we can do her proud next year and go on even better.”

Holbrook’s classy performance helped her scoop the Player of the Match award. It’s the 12th time she has been honoured at the end of a game this campaign.

“It was a shock as always but it’s been personally a good season for myself and I’m just really proud of what’s been achieved.

“Shep mentioned it in the pre-match talk that I might get to 12 so I’m really happy with that.”

The Rovers number six added another two assists to her collection, finding Natasha Flint who made it two nil before her corner was headed in by fellow central midfielder, Natasha Fenton.

“It’s good to get three goals and a clean sheet,” Holbrook added.

“The first goal settled us down a little bit but obviously it’s never safe with just one goal.

“Then we started to play a little bit. The pressure went more towards them and we got our football going.

“We’ve been trying to get Tash on the end of them so I’m happy for her to score as well.”

She also had a quick look ahead to next season, when the Blues will be competing in the FA Women’s Championship.

“It’s a massive task ahead but we’ll enjoy this moment and then look forward to next year.”

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