Norwich City Ladies focus on cup campaigns

The next two weeks see Norwich City Ladies take a break from the league and start their FA Cup campaign against Eastern Region Premier Division Side Arlesey Town from Bedfordshire.

Asked about their opponents, City's joint manager Emma Fletcher said: 'We really don't know too much about them. We will want to get back to winning ways - as simple as that.

'The girls enjoyed their FA Cup run and will want to go as far as they did last year, so I'm sure they will give it their all.'

The following weekend Norwich take the short trip to local side Wymondham to defend their County Cup title.

MK Dons 1, Norwich City Ladies 0

The Canaries suffered their second defeat of the SE Combination season in consecutive weeks when they travelled to Newport Pagnel to play third- placed MK Dons.

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City will need to get back to winning ways in the league as they need to keep pace with the top three and know they can not afford to slip up any further.

City welcomed back Kate Parsons after a lay-off due to an injury sustained against Luton over a month ago.

The visitors kicked off and almost immediately could have taken the lead when Garrett looked like she was caught not just once but twice by the Dons keeper but somehow the official deemed no contact was made.

MK Dons were begining to take control of the game and were playing with determination sensing that Norwich after their defeat the previous week were not at their best.

The MK Dons forwards were causing problems and Parsons was caught and disposessed just inside the Norwich half and the Dons forward raced through to slot the ball past Holly Clarke in goal.

City then faced further pressure but held firm and were somewhat grateful to hear the half-time whistle.

Following a stern half-time talk City started the second half much better and were starting to create opportunities but MK were in no mood to give away their lead.

There were signs of what has been missing since their last win against Cambridge but with key decisions not going their way and a goal-line clearance on the stroke of the final whistle it just wasn't going to happen.

Joint manager Emma Fletcher said: 'It's difficult - MK Dons would have looked at our result against Lewes and realised that we can be beaten and they started the game wanting it more. We just weren't at the races and couldn't get hold of anything which was disappointing.

'The second-half display was much improved and the girls started to show signs of the football that has taken us to the top half of the table but we just couldn't get the goal needed.'

When asked what morale was like in the team, she said: 'It's good, we had a good chat after the game. We have the quality, we just need that little more belief and need to start focusing on our game and trusting in each other. We are not panicking just yet - there is still along way to go and nothing has been lost just yet.'

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