Bradford City Women 0 v 3 Blackburn Rovers Ladies (FA Premier League)
After a fantastic victory against league leaders Middlesbrough Ladies in their previous match, Charlotte Stuart squad were looking to continue their winning run against title chasing Blackburn Rovers at the Mitton Stadium in the Women’s FA Premier League.
Bradford City started the game well and had a lot of the ball in the opening twenty minutes of the game. After five minutes, Legge bursts from midfield and played an excellent through-ball to Elford in the visitors area, but the keeper just managed to gather the ball before Elford could get her shot away.
On twelve minutes, Bradford City almost took the lead when captain Shauna Legge hit an excellent shot from the left-hand side of the visitors penalty area, only to see the ball hit the crossbar with the goalkeeper well beaten.
Rovers the lead on twenty minutes, when Natasha Flint collected the ball with her back to goal and held the ball before turning to hit a twenty yard shot that brilliantly dipped over Saunders into the goal to make the score 1-0.
Just three minutes later, City Captain Shauna Legge made an outstanding tackle to deny Blackburn a second goal with some heroic last ditch defending inside the City box.
On thirty-seven minutes, Abi Lee went close to drawing City level when she curled the ball towards the top corner, but it deflected off a Blackburn head and went away for a corner.
The visitors came out for the second half much more focused and they were the better of the two sides, controlling the game through the midfield with some excellent passing and great runs from the central midfield pairing to link up with the two Rovers strikers.
It was the home side that created the first chance of the half, when Ellie White won the ball in the final third and battled through a number of challenges by the Rovers players only to see her weak shot towards goal easily saved by the Blackburn goalkeeper.
Blackburn Rovers added a third goal on sixty-five minutes, as Flint broke through the City defence to leave herself 1-on-1 with goalkeeper Saunders who made an excellent save, the rebound was then cleared off the line by Legge, but the ball fell back to Flint who finally tucked the ball to make the score 3-0.
Just three minutes after the goal the visitors could have added a fourth from 40 yards out as Fenton’s effort clipped the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick to the home side.
As the game entered the final quarter the visitors were well on top and created another chance from a break down the left which found Makin inside the City area, however her shot from a tight angle beat Saunders in the City goal, but it rolled across the face of the goal and was cleared by Legge to safety.
On eighty-three minutes, Natasha Flint hit a powerful shot for the visitors from the edge of the City box, but Saunders got down to her left-hand side and made an excellent save to make the full-time score 3-0 to the visitors.
Speaking after the match Bradford City midfielder Ellie White said, “We are all gutted in the dressing room it wasn’t a good performance the whole team were poor. We didn’t track our opponents and we allowed them to play the ball around us in midfield. We have to forget about this game and work hard in training this week.”
Charlotte Stuarts’ squad will be looking to get back to winning ways in their next home game against West Bromwich Albion Ladies, who will visit the Mitton Group Stadium in the Women’s FA Premier League this coming Sunday.
Bradford City Women – Saunders, Roberts, Legge, Jordinson, Campbell, Lee, White, Elford, Smith, Parnham, Woodcock (Subs) Boshell, Housecroft, Crosby,
Blackburn Rovers Ladies – Size, Cook, McDonald, Pearson, Jukes, Shepherd, Holbrook, Fenton, Jordan, Makin, Flint (Subs) Walsh, Montgomery, Taylor
Goals – (Blackburn Rovers) Flint (20,65) Shepherd (45)