NICHOL Forster got the goal that earned Blackburn Rovers Ladies a 1-1 draw with Leeds United in front of almost 600 supporters at Elland Road on Sunday.

Carey Huegett gave the Whites a 12th-minute lead but their hopes of a vital victory were dashed 20 minutes from time when Forster tapped in from close range.

Leeds had already drawn a brilliant save out of Jo Hutcheson before Huegett broke the deadlock after Kelly Bourne was caught napping at the back.

Hutcheson came to her side’s rescue again in the 18th minute before a looping left-footed shot from Forster had to be tipped away just before the half-hour mark as Rovers finally found a foothold in the game.

After a stern talking to at the break, the visitors pressed higher up the pitch in the second half and soon started to take control.

Vicky Westerman and Helen Seed both went close in quick succession before Amanda Goodwin rattled the crossbar from a free kick close to the hour mark.

With Rovers rampant, the equaliser eventually arrived in the 70th minute as a free kick into the box was flicked on by Steph Hardy to Lindsay Savage, who then played it into the path of Forster, who could not miss.

Having levelled the contest Rovers went in search of a winner and, after Goodwin had a penalty appeal turned down, Forster fired over and debutant Amie Barratt slotted just wide.