Norwich City Ladies give their hopes of survival a boost with Denham win

Paige Shorten was on target for Norwich City Ladies in their win against Denham. Picture: SARAH JAME

Paige Shorten was on target for Norwich City Ladies in their win against Denham. Picture: SARAH JAMES - Credit: Archant

Norwich City Ladies gave themselves some hope in their battle against relegation thanks to a 4-2 win at Denham United Ladies.

For the first 15 minutes both teams had roughly equal possession, with both going close.

However, that changed as Norwich settled to the much smaller pitch and on 20 minutes with Norwich players piling into the six-yard box Natasha Snelling forced an own goal from Denham.

Just three minutes later Norwich doubled their lead when Chelsea Garrett coolly slotted the ball into the net.

With the bit between their teeth Norwich continued what seemed like an onslaught of the Denham goal, Paige Shorten unchallenged netted the ball with her head on 25 minutes, Norwich's third.

The pressure on Denham was now relentless, with Norwich going close twice more before, on 41 minutes, a ball driven low and at pace across the goal mouth was turned into the Denham net by their full-back.

As half-time approached Rebecca French of Denham latched on to a defensive mistake to pull one back for the home side, half-time score 1-4.

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Denham came out strongly at the restart and reduced the arrears further to make it 2-4.

As the afternoon temperature rose both teams began to tire and the final quarter lacked some of the earlier intensity, with both teams enjoying spells of possession and chances on goal, without further result.

Norwich are 11th in the table and have moved to within four point of Stevenage, who have played two games more.

City must now prepare for their next home fixture against Actonians, on Sunday, May 14.

Norwich: Hartley, Osborne, Larkins, Parker, Daviss, Drake, Swift, Shorten, Garrett, Snelling (Coombes 91), Love

Denham: Rose, Spencer, Pendry, Jarmen, Blackburn, Hewitt, Durn, Down, French, Torr, Banfield, Subs: Holbrook & Allen

Referee: Peter Jago

Attendance: 62