Tranmere Rovers Women bounced back from their FA Cup penalty heartbreak in convincing fashion, with a thumping 5-0 win against Wigan Athletic that sends them top of the league.

In difficult conditions, Rovers that took the lead in the first half with good work from midfielder Heather Ryan creating an opportunity for Laura Pennington who dispatched the chance.

Tranmere doubled their lead not long after. Hollie Evans' flighted ball was met by Ellie Doyle, who headed home her first goal for the club since joining last month.

The weather conditions didn’t improve second half but Rovers found a way to play through it, with an early goal from Ryan delivering a more comfortable 3-0 lead.

The opportunities continued for the home side however some strong defending and missed chances kept the score at three for a while. Rovers were awarded a penalty when Anya Mccready was brought down in the box, but captain Lindsay Smith failed to convert, striking the outside of the post.

The home side eventually got a fourth, with Rachel Davison grabbing her first goal since returning to the first team set up, beating the Wigan keeper from close range.

A deserved goal for midfielder Jade Collins late on made it five and whilst it could have been more on the day, Tranmere where more than content with their three points.

Forward Ellie Doyle said: “It was good to get back out there and get the win after the FA Cup disappointment last weekend.

"I thought it was a good team performance all round and one we can build on going into our next game against Salford. I was also happy to score my first goal for the club and hopefully I can get many more.”

Manager Marc Joyce added: “We were an attacking threat throughout, scoring goals and got a clean sheet to go with it. All in all it was a good performance in miserable conditions.”