| W (4-0) 20/01/2018 - L1|
vs Lowestoft Ladies 1 (H / L)
LADIES 1ST XI - 20/01/2018 VS LOWESTOFT LADIES 1 (H)
TEAM: Ladies 1st XI
FIXTURE: Ladies 1st XI VS 20/01/2018
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 1 NORTH
A very frosty morning threatened postponement for many games at TRF, however the forever keen Norwich City Ladies 1s did not let that dampen their spirits. They started the game against Lowestoft Ladies 1s with energy and commitment from the off, eager to get back to winning ways. Great work rate and a well rehearsed press put constant pressure on Lowestoft's defence and it was Felicity Williams who managed to slot away City's first well deserved goal. Continuous attacks from Olivia Williams and Emily Francis resulted in many chances for the yellows, however great saves from the opposing keeper kept the score low in the first half.
After half time, great attacking line runs from Harriet Johnson and Ellie Pitcher created promising chances for City but it was a counter attack that led to city's next triumph. Silky skills from Jocasta Staines and a deflection in the D from Ellie Brine led the ball nicely to Krystal Bishop who, with a powerful strike into the bottom left corner, put away City's second goal.
Slick transfers from Sally Rose and Fong Chung in defence created the space Norwich needed to push forward. Despite having a limited amount of attacking short corners City used a well drilled routine, and Micayla Tootill deflected the ball into the net. City 3 - Lowestoft 0.
Brilliant team work in the middle from Rachel Mayne and Alice Gill kept city on top. Despite being a player down, City were dominating and Ange Hindle slid a great ball into the D to Micayla who skilfully turned gaining space to smash the ball, scoring herself her second goal of the day.
Two questionable green cards left Norwich with 9 players but they worked hard to defend and Lowestoft's endless attempts to clear the ball were intercepted. Until the end City remained on form, final result 4-0.
| W (4-1) 20/01/2018 - L3|
vs Evergreens 1 (A / L)
THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN FOR LADIES 3S
LADIES 3RD XI - 20/01/2018 VS EVERGREENS 1 (A)
TEAM: Ladies 3rd XI
FIXTURE: Ladies 3rd XI VS 20/01/2018
HEADLINE: Third consecutive win for ladies 3s
LEAGUE: Norfolk premier division
LEAGUE SPONSORS: Empresa Ltd
RESULT: won 1-4
Player of the Match: Kim Lusher
Norwich City ladies 3rd team continued their 2018 winning streak with a third consecutive victory, this time beating Evergreens on their home turf.
City had an electric first half, despite the chilly conditions, and it was defender Emily Spencer who stepped up to take the first attacking short corner with a cracking strike that literally shattered the ball as it hit the back of the goal.
Sophia Basset showed her silky skills throughout the game, and scored City’s second, with cheers coming from her teammates. Next up was Sophie Harrad who got herself into a great position to give the visitors a comfortable three goal lead.
To close a fantastic first half, Holly Totten crossed a lovely ball in and Abi Bourne tipped it into the goal from the far post.
Evergreens came out of half time with a true fighting spirit and charged at the City defence, managing to convert a goal. Player of the match Kim Lusher and her solid unit of defenders kept the hosts at bay, along with keeper Grace Thrower, so that the match finished 1-4 to City and added another win to their record.
| W (2-0) 20/01/2018 - L4|
vs UEA 2 (A / L)
WELL FOUGHT WIN FOR LADIES 4'S
LADIES 4TH XI - 20/01/2018 VS UEA 2 (A)
TEAM: Ladies 4th XI
FIXTURE: Ladies 4th XI VS 20/01/2018
HEADLINE: Well fought win for Ladies 4's
LEAGUE: NORFOLK PREMIER DIVISION
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
A wet and miserable day and a slow start with not much action saw the end of the first half 0-0. After a good talking to at half time, Norwich knew exactly what had to be done, quick passes & using their width and it wasn’t long before Heather made a drive into the ‘d’ and a quick short pass to Ellie to finish it. With the enthusiasm created from the first goal, we kept on fighting with a fast bouncy ball from Ellie into Hannah where she knocked it straight into the back of the net.
We carried on strong with Lydia’s 16 hit out being taken as an ariel to Charlotte which impressed us all creating the space past a good press from UEA. We dug deep and deserved the win, well played to everyone.
Match Report kindly provided by POTM, Ellie Hobden
| W (2-1) 20/01/2018 - L5|
vs Carrow 1 (H / L)
CITY 5S HUNGRY FOR A WIN !
LADIES 5TH XI - 20/01/2018 VS CARROW 1 (H)
TEAM: Ladies 5th XI
FIXTURE: Ladies 5th XI VS 20/01/2018
HEADLINE: City 5s hungry for a win !
LEAGUE: NORFOLK LEAGUE DIVISION 1
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
City 5's were hungry for a win having played brilliantly the last two weeks but failed to secure victory. The 5ths were determined they would not make this mistake again.
First 10 minutes saw us competently moving the ball around in an organised fashion with speed and finesse. Lots of action in our attacking D but the ball just would not cross the line. We came close to scoring from a short corner with a rocket of a ball from Alli Mclellan which was disallowed as it flew passed the keepers left ear !
We blinked and the ball escaped to Carrows end and a neat hard short corner squeezed between our keeper Clair Richardson and defence putting Carrow ahead. We responded within minutes with a lovely shot from Molly Crabtree deflected in by Charlotte Jeffers. Tragically Netty Peters pulled up with an injury and had to retire to supporting us from the bench .
Half time 1-1. A rousing team talk from our captain Carol McNarry with a plan to attack more down the right.
A lovely long corner from Carol McNarry to Alli McLellan deflected in by Lucy McNarry marked our winning goal.
Tight defending, good pressure and pushing up saw us hold the lead. Enjoyable game, sporting opposition and good quality umpiring made it a tasty 2-1 victory.
Player of the match: Jane Loughridge.
March report kindly written by Jane Loughridge.
| W (1-0) 20/01/2018 - LDB|
vs Yarmouth (A / L)
EVEN A JACK-KNIFED LORRY CAN'T STOP CITY BS
LADIES DEVELOPMENT XI B - 20/01/2018 VS YARMOUTH (A)
TEAM: Ladies Development XI B
FIXTURE: Ladies Development XI B VS 20/01/2018
HEADLINE: Even a jack-knifed lorry can't stop City Bs
LEAGUE: NORFOLK DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
VENUE: Cliff Park Academy
RESULT: Great Yarmouth 0-1 Norwich City
A half-frozen pitch, the closure of the A47 and starting with 10 players was still not enough for a significantly older Yarmouth team to see off the impressive City Bs.
Despite many of the girls playing in unfamiliar positions and players unable to run on the still frozen pitch there was still some lovely hockey being played but at a rather slower pace than normal, ball retention was excellent especially from the defensive trio of Mia, Sabina and Tabby. With the girls unable to outrun defenders due to the conditions the few chances that presented themselves were due to some excellent distribution from the dynamos in midfield, Niamh and Saskia and the space being found by Emily, Evie and Rosie upfront. With the game being slow Yarmouth had the occasional opportunity and for the first time in 2018 Imogen was called into action and dealt easily with the threat.
As conditions improved and with the pitch slightly thawing after half time, the girls totally dominated the 3rd quarter and following some lovely triangles in the midfield between Niamh and Saskia they worked their way towards the Yarmouth circle. Niamh won a free hit and her quick restart and clever slip to Emily saw a clinical pass finding Evie Hood waiting at the back post to open the scoring. Lucy Walton and Rosie Wharton came more into the game and they made some excellent forays down the left flank and were unlucky not to further increase the scoring.
The final quarter saw Yarmouth press high up the pitch but with Niamh and Saskia dominating the middle and eliminating players at will, counter attacks were prevalent, with Kate Ellis making some great runs in her unfamiliar role higher up the pitch. With time running out Yarmouth threw everything forward but Mia, Sabina and Tabby ably prevented any threat on Imogen's goal.