Rotherham United Ladies chase survival points

Goal scorer Natalie Shaw. Picture: Dave PatersonGoal scorer Natalie Shaw. Picture: Dave Paterson
Goal scorer Natalie Shaw. Picture: Dave Paterson

IT'S a big weekend for Rotherham United Ladies.

They take on TNS at Roundwood on Sunday (3pm) needing a victory to all but secure their status in the Premier League Midlands Division for another season.

The Lady Millers went down 4-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers Women last Sunday with an under-strength line-up due to injuries, illness and holidays.

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Influential skipper Bradie Wild was welcomed back after months out injured, albeit in goal for the day for the match played at Hednesford Town FC.

Lily Wishart forced a good save in the early stages and the Millers tried to utilise Nat Shaw's pace but Wolves took the lead after a delayed reaction to a ricochet inside penalty box led to a home player prodding home.

This didn't knock the ladies' confidence and they got their just rewards in the 44th minute when Shaw latched on to a loose ball and calmly slotted home into an empty net to equalise.

The second half started much the same as the first but the match took a turn in the 70th minute when Wolves went back in front with a header from a corner.

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A free-kick into the top corner increased their advantage before a freak own goal completed the scoring but manager James Leggitt saw plenty to enthuse him ahead of an important fixture.

He said: "We knew we were missing a few influential players but the ladies who pulled on the shirt worked extremely hard and although I am disappointed with the result, I am proud of the performance," he said.

"Louise McCreadie had an outstanding debut. She is the fifth U18 to have stepped up to the senior team and we now have a huge game to focus our attentions on."


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