Rotherham United Women have their eyes on the prize

Rotherham United Women have their eyes on the prize

By David Beddows | 19/05/2022

Rotherham United Women have their eyes on the prize
Rotherham United Women in action. Photo by ERIN SMITH


ROTHERHAM United Women have a rare chance to win some silverware this weekend and give a shot in the arm to the club's development.

They take on Mansfield Town Women in the final of the East Midlands Regional Women's League Plate at Eastwood FC's Halbrooke Stadium on Sunday (11am).

The Millers play at Step 5 of the women's league pyramid and formed a new coaching team in February, led by Peter Jarvis, to get the team moving in the right direction.

Although Rotherham have had a mixed season in the EMRL Premier Division, finishing in the bottom half, the accent has been on gearing up to have a real push next season.

A win in the Plate final would be a bonus.

“To win a piece of silverware would be a massive morale booster,” Jarvis told the Advertiser.

“There has been a lot of work done over the past few months and the results haven't quite reflected the improvement we've seen from the team in that time.

“Our main challenge is to add some more goals to our game because that's where we have been struggling of late.

“If we can manage to address that then we should have a more positive result.”

Mansfield will start as favourites, having beaten Rotherham twice already in the league this season.

The encouragement for the underdogs is that they showed signs in the last meeting that they were getting the measure of the Stags.

“We lost 3-0 but all the goals came in the first half,” added Pete. “The second half was much closer. We learned quite a lot from that first half and if we put into practice what we did in the second half for 90 minutes it will be a much closer game this time.

“We are in good shape. We have good availability for the game and it's a chance to end the season on a high.”

All support will be welcomed by the Millers at the venue in Nottinghamshire.