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Jordan: We did it for Shep

“She’s been the best captain that we’ve ever had”

8 May 2019

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Saffron Jordan dedicated Rovers’ 5-1 win over Guiseley Vixens to retiring captain Lynda Shepherd.

The Rovers number nine scored twice to ensure the league champions ended the campaign with a victory.

“We wanted to win as it’s Shep’s last game at home at Bamber Bridge,” Jordan said post-match.

“She’s been the best captain that we’ve ever had at this club and that I’ve ever played under. So we just wanted to finish off with plenty of goals and good football.

“The goals I scored were just a bonus. It was about a team effort and giving Shep a good send off.”

The skipper was given a guard of honour by both sets of players and coaches alike, as she walked out at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium for the final time.

“A couple of the girls got a bit emotional, but I think Shep will appreciate that.

“We just wanted to show how much we appreciate her and the effort she’s put in for this team over the years.”

Jordan scored her 31st and 32nd league goals of the season in Sunday’s victory, to cement her place as FA WNL Northern Premier Division top scorer.

“It’s pretty good. In years to come I’ll probably look back on it and take a lot of pride from it.

“But I couldn’t have done it without my team mates. The trophies matter more to me than the individual accolades.”

There’s another trophy on the line this Thursday, when Rovers take on Fylde in the Lancashire FA Challenge Cup Final at the County Ground in Leyland.

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