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ROTHERHAM UNITED v Lichfield Diamonds

Contributed to Rotherham United Ladies website by Val Hoyle Monday, 27 September 2004 Rotherham United Ladies stormed into their second win of the new season with a 7 - 2 victory over Lichfield with a hat trick from Helen Lynskey. The ladies went behind to an early strike after only seven minutes after a catalog of defensive errors, but showed great determination with a first class strike by Helen Lynskey gave the Lichfield keeper not a chance of saving on 20mins Straight from the kick off Lichfield caught Rotherham still celebrating and scored their second. Helen Lynskey hit her second deep into first half injury time to level the game at 2-2. Rotherham had to make an early change in the second half with a groin injury to Carla Baxby, giving a debut start to 14 year old Amy Pollock. Suzanne Davies put the ladies in the lead with a well headed goal on 60mins and this opened the flood gate for a further four goals in 22mins, with goals from Claire Needham, Helen Lynskey and substitute Katie Durrands rounding off the scoring on 82mins. A satisfying result only spoiled when a bad injury to the Lichfield keeper abandoned the match with only 3mins to go.

Final score: Rotherham United 7 - Lichfield Diamonds 2

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Rotherham visit top of the table Nottingham Forrest next Sunday 3rd September.

Rotherham fight back

Rotherham United ladies gain another good win after a disastrous start at home to Ilkeston Town. Rotherham still appeared on a high after their win over Nottingham Forest last week but was given an early wake up call conceding two goals in the opening 5 minutes. The ladies pulled the game round before half time, with two goals one from Helen Lynskey, who lobbed the Ilkeston keeper from 25yards, and Katie Durrands who scored her second goal of the season, just before half time. Rotherham resumed control with a well taken header from on form Suzanne Davies 10 minutes into the second half. Suzanne gained her second goal on the 80th minute to give a cushion. Claire Needham rounded off a much better second half before Ilkeston made the final score 5-3 from a direct free kick just outside the box. Rotherham has their longest away trip to Shrewsbury this Sunday, before a free week on 24th October.

ROTHERHAM UNITED 3:3 Preston North End

Match report. Rotherham United have to wait at least another week to find out whether they have done enough to ensure survival in their debut season in the FA Tesco Women’s Premier League Northern Division. A 3-3 draw at home to Preston North End in their final match lifted them on to 22 points, one more than Aston Villa and three more than Stockport County, the other two clubs making up the trio from whom one will accompany the already relegated Crewe Alexandra to next season’s Combination leagues. However, Rotherham know that they should really already be celebrating safety as they were 3-0 up just short of the midway point in the second half when Preston substitute Gemma Watson reduced the arrears to 3-1. Hannah Bailey netted Preston’s second five minutes later and despite a few scares, Rotherham looked to be holding on for a narrow victory. However with the game two minutes into stoppage time Alison Taberner, whose height could have caused problems in the box, took a free kick from some distance several yards in from the left touchline midway inside the home half and levelled direct from the free kick and that goal meant that both sides featured in a draw for the first time season. Captain Suzanne Davies had opened at a corner for Rotherham and then Sarah Jones turned the ball into her own net in trying to clear a driven centre by Kerry Longstone soon afterwards. Preston went close a few times in the first half, but Rotherham, who could have had another couple themselves, could be content with a 2-0 interval score. Rotherham made a bright start to the second half. Hayley Wood shot across the face of goal and Preston keeper Jenny Horrocks came out quickly to save from Longstone before Helen Lynskey netted Rotherham’s third. However, Rotherham’s season has been an eventful one, especially at home where there have been some high scoring affairs. This was the sixth time they had scored three at home in the league, but only two of the half dozen have ended in home wins, while they also scored three in both competitions when they were knocked out by visitors Portsmouth in both. Most recently Rotherham had been 3-2 up only to lose 4-3 to a last kick of the game goal against Tranmere, but the high scoring games have helped set a difficult target for Stockport who currently occupy a relegation place and seem the most likely to join Crewe in the drop. For Stockport to overtake Rotherham they have to achieve the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest in 90 minutes as they would need to beat Newcastle by six goals in their one remaining fixture which is scheduled for Sunday 13th April. Should County, who have won just two and lost the other eight of their ten home games and scored a meagre 5 goals in the process, achieve the seemingly impossible, then Rotherham have another lifeline themselves as Aston Villa, who face Lincoln, Newcastle and Sunderland, would then need a point themselves to finish above Rotherham (based on the reasonable assumption that it is highly unlikely Villa would draw one and suffer two very heavy defeats in the other games). Rotherham manager, Bev Jenkinson, while not counting her chickens, was more than optimistic about her side stopping up.


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