It’s Rover-time as ladies keep up hunt at top

Kathy Beech
Kathy Beech

Chorley Ladies continued their pursuit of a top-two finish with a dominant display over Tranmere Rovers.

The ladies ran in four unanswered goals against their Merseyside opponents, which leaves them third in the Northern Women’s Combination with one game remaining against strugglers Cheadle Heath Nomads.

However, the first half was 45 minutes that every player would prefer to forget.

Both teams found it difficult to build anything that was productive or threaten the respected goalkeepers.

The ball regularly floated around the penalty areas but neither team took advantage.

But it was Chorley, playing against a strong wind, who took the lead with their first real effort on goal late in the first half.

A long-throw from Kay Unsworth found Vicky Coope who crossed directly for Kathy Bonnar who headed home.

Chorley had the advantage of the wind in the second half and doubled their lead on the hour mark.

Olivia Millington outwitted the Tranmere back-line, unleashing a shot from distance and nestled in the corner.

As the time past, the confidence grew in the Chorley team.

The ladies demonstrated some excellent passing skills and it was through their fluent style which allowed them to add another goal.

An excellent jinxing run from Millington led to her whipping in a cross and on hand was Rachel Wood, who smashed the ball home in the back of the net.

With a comfortable lead, Chorley relaxed and Tranmere grew into the game.

But Joanne Phillips in the Chorley goal was still called upon to ensure nobody would be taking her clean sheet away from her.

Within the last 10 minutes, Chorley enjoyed their play, spreading the ball across the back line, and some individual skill from Sam Cadwallder ensured the game was put to bed with a clinical finish.

The club are currently recruiting players for next


Anyone interested should contact Danni Toward on 07790022359 or visit