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Report: Bradford City Women 1 Rovers Ladies 9

Natasha Flint scored her 40th goal of the season in all competitions

1 May 2019

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Rovers Ladies kept up their impressive form by thrashing Bradford City Women 9-1 at the Mitton Group Stadium.

Natasha Flint scored a second-half hat-trick, to add to Natasha Fenton’s goal and braces from Sophie Charlton and Lagan Makin.  

Carra Jones came off the bench to score on her first-team debut, while Megan Dykes made her full league debut for the first-team.It took Rovers just six minutes to break the deadlock. Flint unselfishly squared the ball for Charlton to finish from close range and score her sixth goal of the season.

But Bradford were soon level when a mix up at the back led to the ball rebounding into the net off Rovers defender Kayleigh McDonald.

Fenton made a strong run into the box from wide but saw two shots saved, before Charlton was also denied her second by Bradford keeper Aimee Routledge.

Lagan Makin and Flint then both went close – Makin’s shot proving too hot to handle for Routledge before she claimed the ball at the second attempt, while Flint fired over from inside the box.

Fenton pulled the ball back for Jess Holbrook to have a shot deflected over before Rovers regained the lead.

It was a spirited first-half showing from a young Bradford side, but their resistant was broken just before the break.

Jess Holbrook's pinpoint corner found Fenton, who rose highest, and despite a touch from the diving Routledge, found the back of the net to finally break her scoring duck.

Five minutes into the second-half it was three. Makin volleyed into the far corner from a tight angle after Flint headed the ball into her path.

The fourth came almost straight away, with Charlton netting her second of the game via a first-time finish from Fenton’s inch-perfect delivery.

Another goal followed soon after when Makin played in Flint to round the keeper and slot the ball into an empty net.

Flint then netted her second, volleying in at the second attempt after Routledge saved her powerful strike.

Makin scored the seventh by flicking the ball in from close range after it dropped to her from a corner.

It was a first-team debut to remember for Jones, who lobbed the keeper after Routledge denied her first attempt.

Flint found the net once more to complete her hat-trick, and the scoring. Lynda Shepherd played her in before she curled the ball around the keeper and into the corner. That’s 40 goals in 30 games for Rovers’ number 10.

Rovers are straight back in action on Sunday, at home to Guiseley Vixens at Bamber Bridge, (2pm).

ROVERS: Size, Taylor, Shepherd (C), Dykes (Clarkson 61), Holbrook, Fenton, Flint, Makin, McDonald, Charlton (Jones 75), Walsh.

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