Elise Hughes of Blackburn Rovers celebrates scoring the 1st goal Blackburn Rovers Ladies v London Bees FA Womens Championship football match, Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Preston, UK - 08 Nov 2020 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

On-loan Everton forward nets brace as Blackburn Rovers defeat London Bees

On-loan Everton forward Elise Hughes netted two goals as Blackburn Rovers defeated London Bees 3-0 at The Sir Tom Finney Stadium this afternoon.

Hughes netted a goal in either half while Saffron Jordan was also on-target for Gemma Donnelly’s side.

The first half saw plenty of energy but good goalscoring chances were at a premium. Emma Doyle tested visiting keeper Sarah Quantrill early on with a tame effort from 25 yards before Rovers striker Jordan rounded The Bees number one but couldn’t find a teammate in the centre with her pass.

Doyle then hit a low shot just wide before Rovers broke the deadlock 10 minutes before half-time. Natasha Fenton played a dangerous ball across the box from the right and while Quantrill blocked Jordan’s last-ditch effort, Hughes was there to fire the rebound into an empty net.

The start of the second half was almost as quiet as the first. With London Bees in need of an equaliser, manager Lee Burch threw on forward Marianne Taho in a bid to bring new-found energy to The Bees side.

It was Rovers who had the first near miss of the half when Hughes struck an effort just wide of the post from a central position 18 yards from goal.

Donnelly’s side did find the back of the net moments later when they were awarded a penalty kick for an alleged foul on the left of the box. Despite London Bees’ appeals the decision stood and Hughes netted her second goal of the game, sending Quantrill the wrong way.

Fenton then crashed a curling effort against the bar before Rovers extended their lead when Jordan ran into space and flicked the ball over Quantrill into the net.

Flo Gamby’s last-ditch tackle denied Ria Montgomery while Jordan headed wide from a corner kick as the scoreline remained 3-0 to Rovers.

The result sees Donnelly’s side record back-to-back victories in the FA Women’s Championship while London Bees remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

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