WOMENS 1ST XI - 22/01/2022 VS CITY OF PETERBOROUGH 1 (A)
TEAM: Womens 1st XI
FIXTURE: Womens 1st XI VS 22/01/2022
HEADLINE: City continue winning form away at Peterborough
LEAGUE: EAST PREMIER DIVISION
VENUE: BRETTON GATE
The women's 1s travelled to Peterborough on Saturday for an early push-back against CoP women's 1s. Having drawn with the team at the start of the season, City were eager to take the 3 points.
City started strong, pushing high, with Olivia Williams and Stacey Lee showing some slick stick skills up front. Working the ball from defence, Niamh Campbell received the ball in front of goal and with a beautiful rollout slid the ball around the goalkeeper into the goal.
City were determined not to let the lead escape them despite CoP's best efforts to get one back. POTM Summer Haylock led City's defence from the goal, commanding her attentive defence to mark players, intercept the ball and make great tackles, if the ball managed to make it through she was always ready and made some great reactive saves and strong kicks to clear the ball out of the D. Sophie Mullan sat in front of defence and made many much needed tackles and distributed the ball effectively up and down the pitch. Ellie Brine did a great job breaking up the CoP defence creating holes for the ball to slide into and creating opportunities to score.
The strength in City's defence gave the rest of the team the confidence to push for another goal, Hannah Nunn played the ball from a 16 to Lucy Tilbrook on the wing, who drove the ball up the line eliminating players, she passed it across to Niamh Campbell. Niamh played a cheeky '1,2' pass with Stacey Lee and then onto Rosie Ringer who crossed a beautiful ball towards the back post for Stacey Lee to dive and neatly put the ball into the goal with her reverse stick, definitely one to remember!
City were 2-0 up but CoP didn't give up and continued to put the pressure on, however City weren't finished yet and caught the opposition on the break. Olivia Williams passed the ball to Niamh who crossed the ball into the D to Rosie Ringer, Rosie picked up the ball, rolled out and took a beautiful shot and scored!
City went into half-time 3-0 up. Coach Pies was impressed with City's performance and urged them to keep their shape and keep the pressure on.
CoP came back hard in the second half and were desperate to try and score, but City's defence were up to the challenge with Hannah Nunn and Hannah Jarvis both working tirelessly to mark CoP's best players out of the game and made lots of great tackles. CoP won some short corners but nothing came of them due to the excellent first runner, Hanna Hall stopping any potential shots.
CoP continued to press high in their numbers however Jocasta Staines and Helen Busfield did well to weave in and out of the press, receive the ball, and distribute it across the pitch into space for Harriet Preston and Pui Foung Chung to charge up the line dangerously. Despite not scoring any more goals, City were comfortable throughout the second half and demonstrated their grit and character and took the well-earnt 3 points back to Norwich.
WOMENS 6TH XI - 22/01/2022 VS WATTON 3 (H)
TEAM: Womens 6th XI
FIXTURE: Womens 6th XI VS 22/01/2022
HEADLINE: A definitive win as City 6s push for promotion
LEAGUE: EAST DIVISION 5 NORTH EAST NORTH
The sun came out and Norwich City 6s brought their best game when they met Watton 3s at home.
Watton started strong, moving the ball persistently into City’s danger areas but a series of early attacks were mopped up the home team’s defence.
The visitors continued to challenge, but City soon found their momentum and began moving the ball neatly around with some great passes out of defence and into midfield.
Marie Hood distributed the ball brilliantly from midfield, threading neat passes through to Ellis Couzins who skilfully moved them on into City’s attacking area.
Some lovely runs on the right wing from Alice Hood and Louisa Rutley, with repeated and strong crosses in, eventually resulted in two goals by Liz Hollis. City’s confidence grew.
The final few minutes of the first half saw an incredible and impressive solo run from Alice Hood who out skilled Watton’s defence and netted the ball neatly into the left hand corner of the goal.
City headed into the break three nil up.
A half-time talk from coach Ali Wardale suggested the team need to avoid resting on their laurels and work harder to cut out Watton’s out letting, which was breaking through into City’s danger area.
The second half saw City ramp up the pressure and despite the goals mounting up for the home team, Watton continued to remain a challenging opponent with some strong work in their midfield.
Louisa Rutley made some valuable runs on the right wing, connecting with Lauren O’Hanlon in right mid, who gave it her all and made some crucial runs and passes. Eventually, Louisa scored a great goal, tucking the ball in from the right.
Both teams had goals disallowed from short corners – but despite the set back for City the goals continued to come and midfield began picking off most of Watton’s 16s.
Mirha Kashif worked the ball into the D and found the net. Liz Hollis also scored another two goals, lifting the ball over the keeper.
A definitive win for City which will help boost goal difference as they push for promotion.