WOMENS 1ST XI - 22/09/2018 VS WAPPING 1 (H)
TEAM: Womens 1st XI
FIXTURE: Womens 1st XI VS 22/09/2018
HEADLINE: City get off to a flying start...
LEAGUE: EAST PREMIER DIVISION
VENUE: Taverham Recreational Facilities
RESULT: W 1-0
It was the first game of the season and the first game in Prem after promotion last season – the ladies 1s had every right to be nervous, but it was mainly excitement you could sense before the game. Hearing that Wapping had aspirations for promotion this year, the ladies 1s knew they had to go out all guns blazing from the start of the game and that they did.
With many forays into the Wapping 23 in the first 10 minutes, city won an early short corner after great work from Olivia Williams. The ball almost found the goal after Felicity Williams slid the ball towards the back post, but Wapping kept the ball from hitting the back board.
After that, it was a battle in the middle of the pitch with little happening at either end with the first half finishing 0-0. The second half was a different story, City started well with some great attacking play. Following fantastic linking from Harriet Johnson, Ellie Brine and Emily Francis down the right of the pitch, Ellie Brine broke into the D and her paced ball passed narrowly close to the post. Shortly after this, Ellie Brine won another short corner for City which unfortunately wasn’t converted. Wapping penetrated our 25 a few times with slick passing but Mikayla-Mae Glover - excellent in goal for Norwich - kept the shots at bay ably supported by Suzi Mitchell and Fong Chung at the back.
It was around 10 minutes before the final whistle that City got their hard fought for break when Harriet Johnson found Emily Francis unmarked at the top of the D, who turned and slid the ball reverse stick underneath the onrushing keeper to make the score 1-0. City kept there calm from then on to ensure they maintained their lead and took the maximum 3 points from their opening game of their season!
With fantastic team spirit evident before, during and after the game, the ladies 1s are excited to see where the season takes them.
POTM – Emily Francis