Canaries hope for points boost on the road

Norwich City Ladies will be hoping to rack up some SE Combination points on Sunday when they visit Old Actonians.

The Canaries are currently fifth in the table while their opponents are in eighth.

Last weekend City played their first league game since the beginning of November against bottom side Crystal Palace, a side that had already drawn against City in the league at the beginning of the season.

Despite City having 85 per cent of the play they incredibly came away from London with nothing, having lost 3-2.

City’s scorers were Paige Shorten and Sophie Gillett.

Emma Fletcher said “It’s been a manic year already with mixed results and we are still coming to terms with how we quite came away with nothing at the weekend after dominating a game from start to finish. However we must pick ourselves up as we still have all to play for in the league and still have a fantastic opportunity to finish in the top two.”

It has been a mixed month for City. It started with a FA Cup first round proper game against Cambridge University which they won 6-1, with Jodie Drake, Paige Shorten, Chelsea Garrett and Kate Parsons netting.

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City then faced West Ham United Ladies away at Thurrock in the second round, a tough encounter against a side that were currently top of the Southern Premier Division.

In a game that saw City hit the woodwork three times they undeservedly ended up on the wrong side of a 4-1 scoreline.

However the ladies can take great pride over the way they competed through out the game, Jodie Drake was the scorer of City’s goal.

The following week the Canaries made a short trip to Taverham in the Norfolk County Women’s Cup quarter-final, a competition which has seen them appear in the final consecutively for the last four seasons.

After a slow start City and some good defending from the home team City finally ran out 4-0 winners.

The game saw Norwich City Girls Centre of Excellence U16 player Leah Newcombe make her first-team debut, alongside fellow team-mate Bryony Radley.