City Ladies aim for double celebration
Norwich City Ladies, buoyed by the success of the men's team, are hoping to make it a double celebration.
They finished second in the South East Combination, and on Sunday at Enfield they face Havant & Waterlooville who ended up in the same position in the south-west equivalent in the first play-off game.
It's the first hurdle in their attempt to reach the National League Southern Division. If they clear that, they will play Gillingham to try and take their place in the higher league which boasts the likes of Cardiff, West Ham and Plymouth.
City's joint manager Emma Fletcher said: 'The girls are really looking forward to it. With the excitement of the men getting promotion, the girls are very upbeat and want to ensure they follow suit.
'We are aware that Havant did lose their game last Sunday but it's difficult because you don't know what level other Combinations are at. It's like a cup final – you have to go in open minded and see what you face on the day.'
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She said they had played a few of the SW Combination teams in cup games in recent years. 'We had very good, close games against them and we anticipate Sunday's game will be another tough encounter, particularly because it's potentially for a place in the National League.
'Apart from the injury to Jodie Drake we are pretty much up to strength. We are very pleased with the way the girls have played, and at training the other day the atmosphere and work rate was very good.'
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The game at Enfield kicks off at 2pm and Fletcher said: 'It would be nice to have a few supporters to come and support us. We had a great following in the League Cup games. It's a massive opportunity. We have got to go in there and give it everything we have got.'