‘Proud’ defeat for severely weakened Norwich City Ladies at Crystal Palace
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Depleted Norwich City came in for praise despite being on the end of a heavy Women's Premier League defeat at Crystal Palace.
A trip to the South East Division One table-toppers always looked a big ask for the Canaries. But the size of that challenge increased hugely when they were only able to field 10 players against the unbeaten league leaders.
The injuries and illnesses that created a severe shortage of bodies eventually paved the way for a 5-0 defeat. Four of those goals came in the second half but by then City's players had already done themselves proud.
Palace boss Dean Davenport said: 'I would like to give our opponents Norwich a huge amount of respect. They're a good young team, depleted on the day, who gave their all for their club.'
Norwich, who have lost their last two matches, sit eighth in the 12-team standings with three games to play. Their next match is at home to 10th-placed Old Actonians on Sunday.
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City boss Mel Swift said: 'Dean's sentiments were echoed by the Norwich travelling supporters and, as team manager, praise I believe is fully deserved and gratefully received for the 110pc effort made by every player.'
Lowestoft Town, 11th, lost 3-1 at home to Denham United. The Blues' final game of the campaign is at home to Palace on Sunday May 1.
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