City Ladies gunning for second
Norwich City Ladies have just four games left to achieve their aim of securing second place in the SE Combination League.On Sunday they travel to MK Dons to face them for the fourth time this season - all other encounters this season have resulted in a Norwich win, but their opponents will be out for revenge.
Norwich City Ladies have just four games left to achieve their aim of securing second place in the SE Combination League.
On Sunday they travel to MK Dons to face them for the fourth time this season - all other encounters this season have resulted in a Norwich win, but their opponents will be out for revenge.
City must achieve at least eight points from a possible 12 to finish second - and two of those games will be against title favourites Gillingham so it will be a real challenge.
'It will be a tough test, but one the players will relish,' said joint manager Emma Fletcher. 'Everyone is talking about Gillingham and indeed they love talking about themselves and what they have achieved so far and, to be fair to them, they deserve to be where they are.
'But we can still finish second and, if you ask any of our players, that is what we want and we will do everything we can to do that, and if it means beat the top side then that's what we will have to do."
It was a very hectic Easter period for the Canaries with three games in six days which saw them rise to fifth in the table, with games in hand over the teams above.
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On Good Friday they drew 1-1 with second-placed Enfield at Plantation Park after an eventful game. The visitors took the lead after City failed to clear the ball. Just before half-time an Enfield player was red carded after tempers boiled over following a challenge.
In the second half City pushed forward, changing their formation to pile the pressure on the Enfield defence, and this paid off when a corner was headed in by centre-half Jemma Smythe. Late on, a Hayley Peverley shot struck the crossbar.
After just one day's rest, City were back at Plantation Park to face high-flying Tottenham, who took all three points away with a 3-0 win. Then on Wednesday night the Canaries had a morale-boosting 3-0 win at Cambridge Women.
City won a corner that was met with a powerful header that could only be cleared, falling to Danielle Manthorpe who calmly left-footed the ball back through the defence and beyond the Cambridge keeper.
The second half saw the introduction of Paige Shorten who soon found herself on the scoresheet, firing the ball in the back of the net for City's second.
Cambridge changed their formation and started to put pressure on the City defence, however they were in no mood to concede and continued to thwart the Cambridge forwards.
City's joy was complete, and relief was apparent, when Shorten's initial shot was saved but she followed up to make it 3-0.
Fletcher said "Wow, what a week, it has been a real tough one with all involved at the club, these girls have had to play a lot of football in a short space of time.
'We are still a very young side and it has been a real test for all involved. Heading into [Wednesday] night's game against Cambridge the girls were feeling a little low with their previous three results, since the League Cup semi-final the girls haven't really hit their FA Cup form.
'But you don't turn a bad side overnight and every team will have a spell where things just don't click and hopefully with the three points we picked up we have kick-started ourselves for the final run-in."