City Ladies re-focus on league

Norwich City Ladies are keen to get back to winning ways in the league after a break for cup competitions.

On Sunday they won their derby encounter with Wymondham Ladies in the County Cup on Sunday 5-0.

Joint manager Emma Fletcher said: 'Having had a break from league action for the last two weeks and with us progressing to the next round in both competitions we are keen to get back to winning ways in the league.

'This still remains our number one priority and we have a tough few weeks ahead of us and want to get some more points on the table in the lead-up to Christmas'

The Canaries host Braintree on Sunday with a 2pm kick-off at Plantation Park and the reserves are also at home against Taverham.

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At the weekend, City made their shortest away trip long the A11 to local Norfolk team Wymondham Town Ladies, who play three leagues below them in the Norfolk Women's County League.

With five regular first-team players unavailable, the Reserves game being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and the opportunity to use the county roll-on roll-off substitutions allowed in this competition, City were able to bring a mixture of first and reserve team players to the game.

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The game itself saw City camp themselves in Wymondham's half but pure grit and determination meant that it took 30 minutes for City to get their first goal following a cross down the right which was directed past the impressive Wymondham keeper by Bex Burton and into the back of the net.

Further opportunities fell to Norwich but the Wymondham keeper was pulling off save upon save and was simply outstanding.

City got their second before half-time and this time it was Sophie Gillett who turned two Wymondham players in and out in the area before placing the ball past the keeper.

City made four changes at half-time with the most significant being Centre of Excellence player Bryony Radley making her first team debut.

The second half saw the most bizare goal of the game and one that Chelsea Garrett didn't know too much about – the Wymondham keeper took a goal kick which hit Garrett on the head and somehow bounced into the net.

Further goals from Garrett and Jodie Drake wrapped up the game and secured the Canaries a place in the quarter-final that will take place in the new year.

City would like to thank Wymondham for their kind hospitality and wish them all the best for the remainder of the season.

Fletcher said: 'I actually think this game was closer for some of our players than a normal home game!

'When you play teams that are below you they deserve respect, we told our girls that before the game but also told them it was important that we showed why we play in a higher league and not to get complacent.'

She added: 'The Wymondham keeper today was outstanding and some of the saves she made were incredible.'

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