Norwich City aim to ease their Women’s Premier League derby pain by beating Ipswich Town

Jordan Arnoup. Norwich City Ladies

Jordan Arnoup. Norwich City Ladies - Credit: Archant

Norwich City Ladies are gunning for revenge as they prepare for their third East Anglia derby of the campaign.

The Canaries head to Ipswich Town, who play at Felixstowe & Walton United's stadium, this afternoon (2pm) looking to record their first victory over their fiercest rivals this season. A couple of defeats, one in cup combat, have hurt James Buhlemann's side but they know a win over the Tractor Girls at the Goldstar Ground will ease their pain – and move City above Town in the Women's Premier League (WPL) South East Division One table.

The boss of Norwich ladies, who sit seventh in the 12-team set-up, one place below Ipswich, said: 'Both times we've been beaten 3-2 but I feel, both times, we were the better team. They were just more clinical than us.

'They've got a really good keeper who kept them in it during both games. I, and the girls, want to try and push on and make the top four. But we agreed our aim is to definitely finish above Ipswich.

The girls are absolutely buzzing for the game.'

City have a full squad to choose from, minus long-term injury victim Jordan Arnoup. However, they haven't played a competitive fixture for more than a month after a series of postponements. The Canaries did manage to sneak in a recent friendly against Norfolk Women's and Girls Football League club Wymondham though.

Buhlemann added: 'They're flying in their league (Women's Division One) so it was a really competitive match. We ended up winning 9-2 I think but the scoreline doesn't matter. It was much better than another training session and we really thank Wymondham for helping us out. We'd like it to happen again as it was a good thing for both sides.'

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Ipswich, unbeaten in five, played their last league match on February 28.