Canaries ladies hoping for home, sweet home
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Norwich City Ladies head coach Scott Emmerson hopes a dose of home comforts can kick-start the Canaries' season this weekend.
Emmerson's side entertain AFC Wimbledon at Plantation Park tomorrow afternoon – the first time they have been at home in the league since early September when they lost to Cambridge.
It has been a stop-start season for Norwich so far having played at least three games fewer than anyone else in the South East Division One apart from Gillingham.
Emmerson admits the period between now and Christmas could be pivotal to their hopes of achieving their season's goal of a top-four finish.
'It's nice to finally have the chance to play at home again,' he said. 'It's been really difficult for the girls so far with other teams having cup commitments restricting how many games we've played.
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'But between now and Christmas we are in Norfolk or Suffolk each weekend and I think that could make a big difference.
'It gives us a chance to get our season going.'
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Norwich went down to a 2-1 defeat at Enfield last weekend when Emmerson admitted player unavailabbility undermined his team's efforts. 'We pretty much had everything go against us. After training in the week we had around 14 or 15 players but come match day we were down to the bare XI. The girls we had did a great job – some were asked to play out of position and to go in at half-time 1-0 was a great effort. I think tired legs played a massive part in the second half.
Their manager even said to me after that if we had a couple of players to come on then we would have beaten them.
'We should be pretty much at full strength this weekend.'
One bright spot from the weekend loss was the performance of Kayti Simonson, who scored on her debut with a fine first half effort.
The Canadian striker has had to bide her time for an opportunity but Emmerson believes there is more to come from the player.
'She has been champing at the bit to get her chance,' he said. 'She's been training with us since around September and she's been itching to play. She has got a couple of things she still needs to adjust to in terms of tempo and technique but she is definitely capable of scoring goals at this level.'