Norwich leapfrog Ipswich after fine win
Norwich City Ladies put their derby defeat behind them as they got back to winning ways with a good 2-0 victory over Enfield.
The win pushes City’s Ladies up to second in the table, leapfrogging derby rivals Ipswich Town having also been awarded the three points for their previous postponed fixture against Arseley Town.
Travelling to London to play Enfield in the hope of bouncing back from a disappointing performance and result in the derby battle in midweek, both sides battled through the wintry conditions.
Enfield created the first opportunity of the game but Fiona Coombes was quick off her line to smother the ball. City were looking lively going forward and much more clinical in the final third, Kyla Love was given the opportunity to open the scoring on six minutes but her shot was superbly pushed round a post by the Enfield keeper for a corner.
Love was then given a second opportunity just four minutes later but this time the ‘keeper pushed the shot onto a post and away.
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City continued to press and were awarded a free kick just inside their half, the ball was played high in to the box being initially cleared by the keeper and falling on the edge of area to Kate Parsons, who sent a thunderous shot goal bound. The keeper could only parry and Nadine Basson followed in to open the scoring and give City the lead.
With City in control and looking for a second it was Enfield who looked to respond with a good spell of pressure and corners but City were determined to stay strong. As a result City produced another chance on 35 minutes following some good pressing by Norwich . It created an opportunity for Love with the ball being played across goal by Larkins, but she couldn’t find the target.
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With 38 minutes gone City stopper Coombes was forced into a good save by a determined Enfield attack but she cleared it as far as the edge of box. With the ball falling to an Enfield player City were pleased to see her shot go straight in to Coombes arms.
Half time: Enfield Town Ladies 0, Norwich City Ladies 1
With the rain continuing to fall both sides were dealing extremely well with the wet surface. City started the second half strong and with both full backs Leah Newcoombe and forward Basson having chances to double City’s lead.
With 53 minutes gone Coombes and Diston bravely collided to block a shot in the City box as Enfield continued to find an equaliser, but after lengthy treatment both players were able to continue.
Basson was next to be in the wars when she bravely competed for a ball down the other end clashing with the Enfield keeper.
With Enfield pushing for a goal and City determined to add to the scoreline it was no surprise that the game was opening up. Coombes was on call again to come and collect a through ball and up the other end her Enfield counterpart was also being tested.
Finally City got their second as a Anna Larkins strike doubled their advantage. A long ball from Coombes, met Gemma Farman in the box where she flicked the ball on for Larkins to power past the Enfield full back and fire the ball past the on-rushing Enfield keeper.
With City comfortable to get bodies behind the ball to protect the scoreline Enfield continued to push forward and in the 7th minute of injury time they won a free kick just outside the area, but the resulting shot flew up an over the goal.
There was still time for Enfield and despite their best efforts in the City area following a goal-mouth scramble it was not going to be their day.
Full Time: Enfield Town Ladies 0, Norwich City Ladies 2
Team: Coombes, Newcoombe, Diston, Parsons, Cooper, Farman, Clark, Collison, Love, Larkins (86 mins), Basson (21 mins).