Tranmere Rover Women continued their perfect start to the season making it four wins from four on Sunday against a strong Salford City side.
Rovers slightly shaded the early play and got their rewards in the 14th minute. Link up play between Laura Pennington and Heather Ryan seen the latter slotting past the Salford keeper to give Rovers the lead.
It was the home side that continued to knock on the door with a collection of chances but City defended well and kept out the Rovers attack.
Salford went on to get the next goal to make it 1-1 in the 30th minute. Finally finding their way in behind, the Salford forward evading the challenge from the out coming Rovers keeper Maddocks and bundled the ball home.
Tranmere didn’t dwell on the goal for long and hit back almost immediately after a switch of play found forward Anya McCready in space. With strength to get herself into the Salford area she was able to strike the ball with power past the away side keeper and put Rovers back in the lead.
Continuing to push forward Rovers made it three not long after. Captain Lindsay Smith played right back, Heledd Roberts, into space who cut the ball back into the area to find Rovers forward Pennington in space. Pennington lifted the ball over the keeper giving the home side a 3-1 lead in the 38th minute and into half time.
The second half continued much like the first with chances for both sides. Tranmere were unable to find the fourth goal to kill the game off and Salford were unable to get a second to edge their way back in.
Cloe Robinson replaced the injured Kiah Sullivan in the Rovers defence and performed well in keeping Salford at bay.
Both teams defending well from set pieces and both goalkeepers producing for their respective teams.
Rovers had done the damage in the first half and controlled the second well to ensure they stayed on top of the league and kept their impressive run going.
Goals; Heather Ryan, Anya McCready, Laura Pennington
POM; Heather Ryan
Captain, Lindsay Smith “It was a great win for us, we stuck together and kept going till the end and scored some fantastic goals. It’s been a great start to the season and we want to keep it going now”
Assistant Manager; Lynn Carter “Salford we’re a good test for us but the girls deserved their win. We’d have liked another goal to put the game away but we managed the second half well and it was a good team performance all round”
A move from league action next week sees Rovers travel to West Didsbury in The FA Cup.