An away game at Mount St Mary’s had the ideal setting on Sunday as Rotherham ladies faced Grasshoppers in the warm March sun.
The Rotherham side got off to a great start playing the ball around midfield nicely and attacking down the right hand-side through Belinda Nhema and Sarah Hartley. Although Grasshoppers pushed down Rotherham’s left side on numerous occasions Georgina De’ath held strong and stopped the experienced Grasshoppers forward getting into the D.
It didn’t take long for Rotherham to net their first goal, some great work from Mo Wilson and Lucy Cooke saw Becky Lee put the ball in the back of the net from the back post in the 12th minute. Only 5 minutes later Lee netted her second of the day, Wilson smashed the ball across the D and Lee deflected the ball into the netting making the score 0-2.
Helen Chapman made some excellent saves as Rotherham’s stand in goalkeeper for the day, clearing a shot that hit the post and saving numerous straight strikes. Just 4 minutes before the half time whistle Rotherham were awarded a shot corner for a Grasshopper foot just inside the attacking circle, Michaela Cocksedge injected to Cooke at the top of the D who beat the first player and smashed the ball into the back of the net, to giving Rotherham a 0-3 lead going into the break.
After refuelling at half time Rotherham came out the same in the second half, chance from Cooke, Wilson and Lee were saved or skimmed just wide of the post, whilst Nhema continued her excellent defending at right defence and Captain Wendy Davis began playing the balls out wide and up the wings from 16 yard hits, prompting Rotherham’s attack.
Just 10minutes before time Rotherham produced some excellent play in the hosts D making the GK really work to keep the ball out of the net, unfortunately the home sides keeper went down with a bad injury meaning the game was abandoned. The result stood at 0-3 and Rotherham came away with 3 points.
A brilliant team performance yet again from the Rotherham Development side, with joint Man of the Match going to Belinda Nhema and Georgina De’ath.