COVENTRY City Ladies moved three points clear at the top of the Women’s Premier League Northern Division thanks to a comfortable 4-0 victory away at Blackburn Rovers.
After a goalless opening period Ashleigh Neville headed the Sky Blues in front on the hour mark and they had to wait until eight minutes from time to put the result beyond any doubt.
First Maz Gauntlett drilled home City’s second and Dani Selmes grabbed a third before scoring a second to wrap up a resounding victory for Craig Nicholls’ side.
“It was a must win game for us.” said Selmes. “We knew as the game went on and the more we created that one of those opportunities would go in.
“We all had to win our individual battles and then also work together as a team at times to put Blackburn under pressure.
“I think we controlled a lot of the game but had to be wary of Blackburn on the counter attack.
“I am very pleased personally with getting on the score sheet twice and helping the team to claw back the goal difference on Sheffield. On to next week.”
A fourth consecutive win moves the Sky Blues three points away from second-placed Sheffield Ladies with just three games of the season remaining.
And manager Nicholls was equally as delighted with the result, adding: “We were excellent and it really was a complete performance.
“We knew Blackburn would be a tough side to play but we’ve out battled and outplayed them for the entirety of the match.
“Once again it’s credit to the girls as they continued to be energetic throughout and knocked the ball around well on a bobbly surface. We’ve stuck to our principles and got a result, the clean sheet is also vital at this stage of the season.”