Forest Green Rovers Women in a minute silence
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Brilliant Forest Green Rovers Women put six past Marine Academy Plymouth in the SWRWFL Premier Division One

Forest Green Rovers Women put on a dominant display in the SWRWFL Premier Division One as they smashed Marine Academy Plymouth 6-0 at Chalford Sports and Social Club.

A hat trick for Hattie Jones helped them to secure the three points with Kayleigh Hateley, Ella Hitchcox and Giorgia Vandries also on the scoresheet.

A win for the Green Devils sees the Rovers leap their opponents into sixth place, with the three points putting them onto seven for the season.

Manager Chris Hicks says he is “absolutely delighted” with his sides great display at the weekend.

Rovers took the lead in the first half thanks to a penalty by Hateley, which was calmly slotted into the bottom left corner.

Kayleigh Hateley celebrating after scoring her penalty.

They then doubled their lead before half time after a brilliant run from Zoe Boyd found Jones who smashed the ball in for her first of the game.

It was almost a third for the Green Devils when Charlie Rowlands’ effort crashed against the crossbar, the bar was hit again early into the second half by Vandries, whose effort from the edge of the box just didn’t dip enough to hit the back of the net.

Hitchcox then netted a third for the Rovers after a one-two with Vandries split open the defence before the attacker calmly curled the ball around the Marine Academy goalkeeper.

Nynka Rucker brilliantly darted into the box and saw her shot saved, however Vandries was there ready to finish into an open net.

Jones got her second of the game when she picked the ball up from the edge of the box and found the bottom corner with an excellent strike.

She then went one better with her third goal as a first time shot from around 25 yards dipped beautifully into the net to get Forest Green Rover’s sixth and final of the game.

Hicks was very impressed with his team’s second half performance, suggesting their performance matched the result.

“I’m absolutely delighted, we spoke a lot about what happened in the second half and building on that, they’ve come out and concentrated on the performance and brought it to the game in a well-deserved 6-0,” Hicks continued.

“We’ve worked on recycling the ball and keeping possession, I was really pleased to see it work so well on the pitch.

“To get that clean sheet is massive, I thought the back line was really well-organised all day and were making great decisions – I’m very pleased!”

Hicks was also very complimenting of Jones’ form, as she added three goals to her tally for the season.

“Hattie’s timing them runs right at the moment, everything’s going right for her and it’s always great when you have a player in great scoring form like she is.”

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