READ | RUWFC hold Harrogate Town to a draw in final pre-season friendly

Rotherham United Women finished off their pre-season preparations with a close fought 1-1 draw against Harrogate Town Ladies at Hillsborough College last Sunday.

The Millers Women dominated the first half and capitalised on their possession with a brilliant team goal that was tucked away after a surging run from the versatile Helen Lynskey in the first 10 minutes.

RUWFC used their pace on the wings to exploit Harrogate Town with intricate overlapping balls from Cooper and Sarayreh, which had Town on the back foot and seemed grateful for the half-time whistle.

RUWFC slightly took their foot off the gas in the second half, and were punished by a lobbed effort at 55 minutes to level the score.

Town came close to a second towards the end of the game, but the Millers held their ground with some solid defending and did well to grind out the result.

Captain Amy Pollock commented:

“There were many positives to take from today’s game, seeing the positivity and fight from all the girls was great to see. We still have things to work on as a team, but I’m confident it will come with time as new players settle in”.

Manager Trevor Fox added:

“I thought we were the better team and created the better chances. We have recruited many new players to the squad over the summer period, and we are taking every game as it comes to enable them to settle into the team. Every game is a learning curve for us all, and we have to be patient and keep working hard in order to grow together over the season. I believe we are building on our team spirit with every game, and it’s great to see the girls enjoying playing and looking forward to the start of the season”.

RUWFC kick off their 2021/22 League campaign at home to Notts County Women in a 7:30pm evening fixture on Wednesday the 1st September, and welcome fans to cheer them on from the sidelines.

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Words by Aislinn Flynn O’Gorman