Connor Laing
Monday 05 November 2018

Forest Green Rovers Ladies returned to winning ways as they beat Torquay United Ladies by three goals on Sunday.

Rovers began where they left off from an encouraging performance against Exeter City Ladies last week.

Forward Dani Whitmore opened the scoring in unusual circumstances when her corner went straight in after 21 minutes.

Two quick-fire goals just before half time from Laura Howell and Holly Kay sealed victory for the away side, with a comfortable second-half display.

Manager Craig Darkin was delighted with his side's performance, the result taking them up to eighth in the table on six points.

He said: “We dominated from start to finish.

“We went with the same formation that finished the game against Exeter (five at the back).

“The size of the pitch today played into our hands and the girls worked so hard.”

One player who stood out on the day was Sian Towler, who played a lone striker role against Exeter last time out before moving back into a midfield three. It was here where she started, and played the full 90 minutes against Torquay this week.

“She bossed it.,” he added. “She absolutely dictated the game. You can’t teach that level of composure, it’s just instinct.

“What we worked on in training was this counter-attacking style because it worked so well in terms of containing them. I really wanted to be able to benefit going forward from that.

“The midfield is so dynamic with Sian (Towler) and Ash (Watson). With Laura (Howell) in there she dominates, she puts herself about and she doesn’t want anyone to get past.

“I think, going forward, we will look into this 5-3-2 formation.”

Despite the comfortable victory, FGR picked up a few knocks during a game that was played on a rain-sodden pitch that had had three games played on it in the space of 24 hours.

 “Zoe (Ibbotson) got winded and I had to get her to concentrate on her breathing,” he explained.

“I asked if she wanted to go off and she just looked at me and just said “no chance”. Fair play you can’t fault that.

“Rosie (Dimery) had a little tweak in her knee last Thursday so I sent her home early just to get her to rest her up for today.

“She was fine when she got here. I think it was just the conditions and the player she was up against a twisty one and I think she’s just rolled her knee.

“She doesn’t deserve to be dropped with her performance level but if she is injured, we will rest her.”

The ladies’ next match in the South West Regional Women’s Football League is away against Illminster Town Ladies on Sunday, November 11.