City Ladies hot on leaders’ heels

Norwich City Ladies are second in the South East Combination table after a comprehensive win over Brentwood, their third game in eight days.

The Canaries are equal on points with early table-toppers Lewes but don't have as impressive a goal difference.

Ladies' Director of Football Emma Fletcher said: 'Full credit to the ladies, three games in eight days is physically and mentally draining. To come away from these three fixtures with 12 points out of 12 is something to be proud of, hopefully the players who have picked up knock will be back in action on Sunday.'

She added: 'The ladies have travelled over 450 miles over the last two games and I commend both them and the coaching/management team for their commitment to date so far.'

City will be regrouping and keeping a close eye on the players who have picked up injuries and will be back to action against Luton at home this Sunday 2pm, Plantation Park.

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City Ladies had played their second game in four days when they travelled to one of their shortest trips in the league against Cambridge.

This was to be City's night in many ways and they gave a solid and very good performance, both confident and assured against a quick and talented Cambridge side.

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In a game where they had several chances in the first half but some how unable to take advantage they scored 45 seconds into the start of the second half, through Jodie Drake.

Drake got her and City's second after a passage of some excellent football, firing home from 12 yards after some great link play on 65 minutes.

Cambridge pulled one back with a great long-distance strike on 70 minutes but City still created chances and finished up deserved 2-1 winners.

This victory was made even better with a late call-off through illness to City's GK, Kirstie Kindred taking her place and performing well.

Sunday's opposition was newly-promted Brentwood, City's third game in eight days, with tired limbs on a very bobbly surface, Charlie Branch scored after 50 seconds at close range after some great passing.

City's secod goal was from Centre Half Kate Parsons scoring with a powerful header from a set piece corner on 12 minutes.

On 25 minutes Paige Shorten scored with a thunderbolt that shock the underside of the bar before going in, and then ten minutes later Paige sent a very clever lob over the stranded keeper.

HT Brentwood 0, Norwich City 4..

The home team came out more determined in the second half, and were rewarded scoring from long range 5 minutes into the second half and this spurred Brentwood on and scored another distance shot on 55 minutes.

Norwich then were forced to make two changes with injuries to Anna Larkins and Nikita Morris,who were both feeling the pace from the last few games.

Norwich then settled more and created more chances with Jodie Drake, Nicola Bray and Beth Bygrave going close. Chelsea Garrett also had a shot come off the outside of the post. Credit to Brentwood who also kept going and made attacking changes of their own.

On seventy minutes, Jodie Drake broke through to thunder a shot home to make the score 5-2 and put any Brentwood hopes of a comeback to rest.

With ten minutes left, Brentwood netted once more on the break following a Norwich Corner.

Final Score Brentwood Town 3, Norwich City 5.

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