Norwich City beat Ipswich in derby
Ipswich Town Ladies 0, Norwich City Ladies 3: Norwich City Ladies won the local derby against Ipswich Town Ladies to get back on track in the SE Combination League.
Ipswich Town Ladies 0, Norwich City Ladies 3
Norwich City Ladies won the local derby against Ipswich Town Ladies to get back on track in the SE Combination League.
The game started with City Ladies asking for a minute's applause in recognition of Ipswich reserve team goalkeeper Sian Ryan who died in a car accident two weeks ago.
With several City players unavailable for the Tuesday night fixture due to holiday and work commitments it was a real test of the squad.
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The first 20 minutes neither side took control, both giving possession away far too easily, however after a foul on a City player just outside the area, Paige Shorten was given the opportunity to put City in front.
She did so with a deflected free kick that eluded the Ipswich keeper and went in off an upright.
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This seemed to spur the City side on and when Nic Bray was given the opportunity to add to the scoreline she calmly slotted the ball home after being put clean through by Sophie Fuller.
The second half continued much as the first, with City restricting Ipswich to very few clear-cut opportunities in front of goal, and when Beth Bygrave completed the scoring later on in the second half there really was no way back for the Tractor Girls.
Co-manager Emma Fletcher said: “As local derbies go, this one was slightly low key, with the recent tragic loss of Ipswich's young player. I know the girls wanted to pay tribute and I was very proud of the way they conducted themselves on the night.
“Obviously this season is about getting results and after our draw last Sunday to Enfield it was important that we got back on track with three points and we did just that.
“It was also a real test for the strength and depth of our squad, especially with so many defenders unavailable for the fixture.”
She added: “Credit must be given to Ipswich as they have begun a re-structure of their side after being taken over following relegation from the National Southern Division by Ipswich Town Football in the Community, and I am sure their main goal is to consolidate and build for the future, something that Norwich had to do themselves a couple of season ago.”
Co-manager Scott Emmerson said: “It was good all-round performance, to have got a clean sheet from the game is also pleasing. We need to continue to pick up the points and keep close to league leaders Gillingham and MK Dons, who as it stands have a five-point lead on us.”
This weekend City travel to a side they have already faced this season, Dagenham & Redbridge in the League Cup.
They are aware that Daggers will be very keen on seeking revenge, for the last time the two sides met in the opening game of the season City ran out 8-1 winners.