Sun 25
Rotherham United Ladies
First Team
J Bartle (0'), L Steele (0'), B Knight (0'), C Cooper (0')
First Team v Rotherham United Ladies

First Team v Rotherham United Ladies

By Siobhan Eastham
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Match report

By Mackenzie Byrne
Loughborough extended their winning run in the Women’s Premier League Midlands Division One with a 4-0 victory over strugglers Rotherham United Ladies.
Foxes started brightly and Rebecca Knight had her eyes on an early opener with two testing efforts. The first was dragged wide on her left foot and the other a header stinging the palms of the hosts goalkeeper.
Rotherham were organised and broke on the counter attack just inside twenty minutes, however, their Number 10 lacked composure and lashed her effort high & wide.
Laura Dexter linked up well with Knight and had two efforts of her own. The first was skied over the bar and the latter just wide of the post following a low cross from Becky Matlock. Foxes found an opener through Bambi Knight as she swept home a low cross via the byline from Eva Rogers.
Rotherham were looking to play football from the back and found themselves in a good position on the edge of Foxes’ box but the long range effort was tame and comfortable for Amy Burle between the sticks. Jodie Bartle could have put the visitors two up before half time but her close range header was straight down the goalkeepers throat. The sides went in with a goal between them at the break.
Rogers pace down the right hand side saw her race past Rotherham’s left back but she was stopped in her tracks by the goalkeepers foot. Shauna Chambers found space on the edge of the box but her low drive went agonisingly close past the far post. Bartle found the breakthrough as she hooked home Steele’s cross from a corner to double the lead for the title chasers.
Substitute and top scorer Charlotte Cooper added to her tally for the season as she belted in a third following an exquisite through pass from Pip Cassidy. The floodgates had well and truly opened by this point as Foxes’ handed themselves a fourth. Unbelievably it wasn’t a howitzer from Steele, but a rather unorthodox goal mouth scramble that saw Steele notch her fourth goal of the season. Heartbreak for Cassidy who must have thought she’d opened her account for the season only to see her effort crash back off of the post in the build up to the goal.
A comfortable end to the game in the end for the visitors, which looked for long periods like it was going to end as a tight affair. The results sees Foxes add another three points to the board as well as a sixth consecutive league clean sheet. Other news saw title rivals The New Saints drop points at home against Birmingham & West Midlands in a 2-2 draw, which leaves the Shropshire side nine points behind Foxes with a game in hand. Sheffield United are also six points off Foxes having played a game more.
Foxes entertain Solihull Moors Ladies next Sunday at Loughborough Stadium where the women look to extend their unbeaten run to an impressive sixteen games.
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Match details

Match date

Sun 25, Feb 2018



Meet time

Shauna Chambers

Player of the match

Shauna Chambers