Thorpe bounce back in style
Thorpe Ladies 6, Cambridge Ladies Reserves 0
With the game from last week to erase from the memory quickly, Thorpe took to the field with only attack on their minds.
Hannah’s Bray corners put the Cambridge defenders under pressure but they defended them well.
Bex Lake looked threatening up front, chasing through balls from Rebecca Russell and Charlotte Groves.
The visiting goalkeeper managed to stop Thorpe taking the lead by a variety of methods. Hannah’s pace and crossing ability had Cambridge worried and this looked to be the way Thorpe would take the lead.
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The first chance Charlotte Groves had was after a Lisa Riches corner which Rebecca Russell won and then Charlotte back-headed over the bar.
With the away team unable to get out of their own half, the penalty area became congested with shots getting deflected away thanks to good luck helping Cambridge.
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Shots from Alice Ford and Rebecca also seemed to a good avenue to break the 0-0. Lisa had the next chance with a volley from five yards but the keeper did well, this came about thanks to some good work from Kerry Rose and Hannah Bray on the left.
With Cambridge looking to hold out till half time it took a free kick from Hannah to spot an open Charlotte who finished low to the keeper’s right to give Thorpe a well-deserved 1-0 lead.
With the half drawing to a close it was clear that another Thorpe goal would be enough to claim all the points.
With the second half under way, the first attack ended in a shot from outside the area by Alice Ford which the keeper pushed pass a post.
With the second half going the same way as the first it would be Bex Lake who effectively made the game safe after scoring the game’s second goal, 2-0.
The third goal came from Laura Wiseman after a header hit the bar but luckily went to Laura who was standing on the line.
After more good work from Lisa she gave Charlotte a chance on goal which she volleyed over.
With chances being created all over the pitch it became a question of how many Thorpe would score – which at the end of the season may be important.
Further chances came and went with Rebecca Russell and Meg Evans coming close. The next goal came from Laura Wiseman thanks to a Rebecca corner which landed right on her head, 4-0.
Lauren Kett had a shot from well outside the area but the keeper saved well. Lauren would also have the next chance with a free- kick that rattled the bar.
Bex Lake put the finishing touches to a great afternoon for Thorpe by scoring the fifth with an excellent finish only to have Charlotte quickly add a sixth.
Another excellent performance from the team which has now set up an exciting finish in their inaugural season in this higher league.
Player of the match was Mary Costello.
Squad: Kirsty Andrews, Hannah Bray, Lauren Kett, Kim Broom, Mary Costello, Lisa Riches, Alice Ford, Charlotte Groves, Kerry Rose, Bexs Lake, Rebecca Russell. Subs Meg Evans, Megan Champion and Laura Wiseman.
Norwich City Ladies 8, Thorpe United Ladies 0
Thorpe had control of the match without being able to create a clear chance.
The first opportunity came to the hosts with a shot which Kirsty grabbed at the second time of asking.
As the home team started to obtain more influence of the match, Kim and Lauren held firm. After 25 mins Norwich took the lead after Kirsty made an excellent save but the attacker finished with aplomb, 1-0.
With the home team now in the ascendancy Thorpe kept Norwich to long range shots. First change had to be made with an injury to Meg Evans meaning Lisa Marie Riches took to the field of play.
With the flow of the game going against Thorpe, Bexs Lake was working hard up front but having little joy. Thorpes’ first attempt at goal came from a Charlotte Groves header from a Hannah Bray cross which the home keeper kept a wary eye on.
With the half drawing to a close Thorpe had more pressure in the Norwich half with Lisa Marie working hard to support Bexs up front.
Half time 1-0 to Norwich but as the half progressed Thorpe had more attacks on the Norwich goal.
Second half Hannah and Kerry Rose taken off and Jemma Campbell and Mary Costello came on.
Norwich scored their second with a header from a corner after another good save from Kirsty led to the corner. 2-0. The match soon became 3-0 after Norwich scored from a penalty. Now the match was beyond saving but Thorpe still tried to play but a fourth Norwich goal made the game safe. 4-0. The fifth goal came from a corner. 5-0.
Thorpe’s first and only chance came to Alice Ford but her lobbed volley rested on the roof of the net. With Thorpe attempts to get on the scoresheet Rebecca Russell had a shot that flew pass the post.
As the legs of the thorpe players became tired ,Norwich took the chance to score their sixth and seventh and eighth.
Squad: Kirsty Andrews, Hannah Bray, Kim Broom, Lauren Kett, Laura Wiseman, Kerry Rose, Alice Ford, Charlotte Groves, Rebecca Russell, Meg Evans, Bex Lake, Mary Costello, Jemma Campbell, Lisa Marie Riches, Tonya Howe, Bethan Sommerfield
Thorpe United Girls U10 0, Waveney Foxes 8
After losing 20-1 at home earlier in the year this was a good team performance and the girls battled well PoM: Shai Howe.
Thorpe United Girls U10 0, Kirkley and Pakefield 2
With Thorpe in seventh and Kirkley in eighth this was a must-win game for both sides.
In the opening five minutes Thorpe fell apart and found themselves 2-0 down after four minutes.
After the second goal Thorpe brought Amber day on and she started to change the game with Thorpe in complete control but unable to score before half-time.
After strong words from the manager, Thorpe came out fighting second half and only brilliant defending from Kirkley stopped Thorpe scoring – but a good performance from both sides.
Thorpe United U11 Girls 6, Bungay Town 1
Thorpe saved their best for last with their biggest win of the season in their final league match to finish well in mid-table, a great improvement on last season!
Grace got the first from close range after being put through. Then there was a series of chances for Thorpe but Bungay’s keeper made three good saves. Bungay then equalised when Ellie tried to clear only to see the ball rebound off Vivian and into the net.
United didn’t let their heads drop and just before half-time Vivian regained the lead for Thorpe. With the whole team now playing with confidence Thorpe quickly scored two more goals both from India who finished really well on both occasions.
The pick of the goals came next when Molly picked the ball up just outside the area, strode foward& hit her shot through a crowded penalty area into the corner of the net. India then completed her hat-trick with a tap-in.
PoM, chosen by the oppositin was Vivian.
PoM, chosen by Thorpe, was India.
Well done to all the girls on a successful season.