Canaries draw with Spurs

Norwich City Ladies 0, Tottenham Ladies 0Norwich City's eagerly-awaited opener in the South East Combination League finally arrived on Sunday in the form of Tottenham Hotspur Ladies.

Norwich City Ladies 0, Tottenham Ladies 0

Norwich City's eagerly-awaited opener in the South East Combination League finally arrived on Sunday in the form of Tottenham Hotspur Ladies.

Spurs are one of several teams that fancy themselves title contenders this season.

City were under no illusion, after having their best season to date last year, that results would come easily and knew Spurs would be a difficult opener.

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With new signing Sophie Gillett lining up alongside another new addition Charlotte Branch through the Norwich City Girls Centre of Excellence programme, the midfield was the main change to the side from the previous season.

Having also lost two players to lower league opposition, City also welcomed further signing Kirstie Kindred from Colchester United.

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To be expected the first half was a scrappy affair with neither side taking any real control of the game, limited chances in front of goal were not really clean cut and neither keeper had a save to make.

City made changes at half-time in midfield and this seemed to help them win the midfield battles that they had struggled with in the first half.

As the game progressed both sides pressed forward to try and break the deadlock but with both defences holding strong the forwards were continually frustrated.

With 10 minutes remaining City had their best chance of the game, with the ball falling to Kirstie Kindred on the right, she fired what looked like the winning goal into the top right-hand corner of the Spurs goal, but to City's dismay the keeper pulled off a fantastic save to keep the score all square.

With the final whistle blown it was points all round and whilst City will feel they had a chance towards the end of the game it was probably the fairest result.

Joint manager Emma Fletcher said: “It was vital for us to get something from the game today, we knew Tottenham would be a real test for us for the opening game of the season, and they proved that straight from kick-off.

“Every game in this league is going to be tough and it was important that we started the season well. Yes a win would have been fantastic but I can't praise the performance of the girls enough in the second half, the defence were incredible today and they ensured that Holly in goal had very little to do and that's important."

City face MK Dons next Sunday at home 2pm at Plantation Park.

With their visitors having opened their league campaign off with a win, City will need to ensure they continue their solid start.

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