LADIES MASTERS XI - 20/11/2016 VS CAMBRIDGE CITY O45S (A)
TEAM: Ladies Masters XI
FIXTURE: Ladies Masters XI VS 20/11/2016
LEAGUE: Masters Ladies O 45's Cup
RESULT: L 4-0
We unveiled our Over45's squad of an impressive 15 players on Sunday 20th November to face the Cup Winners of 2015/2016 away at Cambridge in the first round – and whilst the Cambridge players warmed up in their East Region Hoodies, we wore our Norwich City Club kit with pride, and kept our secret weapon England squaddie, Sally, under wraps. Manager Leigh-Ann Worrall provided an encouraging pep talk and we took our positions in apprehension on the pitch.
The whistle went and we started off well with some one touch passing and when we found the wings of the pitch we looked quite good with good work rates from Sally, Fiona and Longy who channeled the ball through to the midfield and forwards. However, Cambridge were tenacious, but we held them off for a good 15 mins or so, as the pressure was building Serena kept them at bay, but for much of the first half we were under the cosh from a strong Cambridge side and following a short corner awarded to Cambridge they found the back board 1-0. Half time was coming up and with another surge from Cambridge we conceded a further goal to take the score 2-0 to Cambridge, by which time we were more than ready for a breather!
Second half started and there were a few cautious looks from the Norwich Ladies as we took the opportunity to venture into the unknown territory of Cambridge 23 - Do I! Should I! Could I! Blimey we have the ball in their D it's getting close it was coming but alas not fruitful. Play continued and with another 2 goals for Cambridge we were then 4-0 down and it was then when an incident on the goal-line with Serena, having dived for a save, was pinned by Cambridge Captain with a wiggle and squiggle on the goal line, and yet still, somehow, Serena miraculously managed to clear the ball to the sideline!
Player of the Match was Fiona - closely contended by Serena, Longy and Sally all putting in fine performances.