Rovers 0 Fulham 3

Monday 21 January 2002

Fulham Reserves maintained their good progress with a 3-0 win at lowly Bristol Rovers in dreadful weather conditions.

With heavy rainfall and blustery winds a constant occurrence throughout the game, this match ended as a footballing spectacle.

Fulham tried to play their usual passing game but the poor conditions and some tough tackling from the Rovers players, Fulham struggled to gain momentum.

Wearing their changed strip of Red/Black, Fulham created the better chances with Collins, Lyford and Percival all going close with shots but none of them forcing a goalkeeper into a save.

On thirty five minutes Fulham broke the deadlock with a goal from Collins, she now has 28 goals this season in just twelve games, which is a great record by anyone's standards.

The second half was just constant Fulham pressure, with Mears and Daly a constant threat to Rovers.

Nicola Carter and Percival worked hard in the mud, and managed to provide service for the strikers.

A Percival corner was headed in by a Rovers defender with Morris ready to pounce for Fulham's second.

Minutes later Collins grabbed her second from a great through ball by Carter to increase the lead to three.

A good move by Fulham down the right saw Daly put Mears in but her left foot shot crashed against the post.

Bristol Rovers were a side that definitely played above themselves and do not warrant a place near the foot of the table.

The Reserves will now try and emulate their first team counterparts this Sunday when they play Arsenal in the semi-final of the League Cup.

The kick off is 11.30am at Potters bar F.C. just off the M25. Fulham have already beaten Arsenal earlier on in the league so Manager Mulcahey is hopeful his side can reproduce a similar performance.