The last match report of 2016 on the Supporting Women’s Football Blog came from FAWPL South East Division One this Sunday, a trip to Plantation Park to watch Norwich City Ladies play Enfield Town Ladies.
Match Report- Norwich City Ladies v Enfield Town Ladies
Watched Norwich City Ladies in action at home a little over a month ago in the FA Women’s Cup winning a dramatic game with local rivals Lowestoft Town Ladies in a penalty shoot-out to reach the 1st Round Proper of the competition. Were to lose out at home to fellow FAWPL South East Division One side, AFC Wimbledon Ladies in the next round to exit the competition leaving the league as their sole objective going into the new year. In 10th place have just the 4 points on the board a point clear of the bottom 2, Stevenage Ladies and Lowestoft Town Ladies.
Norwich City Ladies are playing catch up with the rest of the league however having played just the 6 league games before today’s game. Winning on the opening day of the season away to Lowestoft, have been integrating several new young players win their experienced squad members, losing their next 4 league games in a row including a 5-4 defeat to Actonians Ladies you might remember reading on the blog having been 4-1 down away from home only to come back to make it 4-4 in the 2nd half before eventually conceding a 5th goal to leave the capital with nothing. Their last league defeat away to Enfield Town Ladies back at the end of October 2-1. Got a point from their match last week welcoming 2nd placed AFC Wimbledon Ladies back to Plantation Park, Paige Shorten scoring in the last 10 minutes to make it 1-1 after the visitors had gone 1 up 10 minutes into the 2nd half. A busy 2017 looms for Norwich as they look to try and close the 8 point gap on the sides above them.
Enfield Town Ladies are the team Norwich City Ladies are looking to catch in 9th place in the FAWPL South East Division One table. 13 points from 13 games played to date, have a new manager with Marc Nurse-Moore taking over the job having been at West Ham United Ladies previously. Takes charge of one of the divisions established sides that made history last season reaching their 1st ever National Cup Final in what was their 30th anniversary year. A side that is always capable of going on a run in the league only 5 points between Enfield in 9th and Gillingham FC Ladies in 5th tight in the middle of the table. Nurse-Moore despite having a good sized squad at his disposal has had several players unavailable through injury at the start of the season. A 0-0 draw at home last time out in the league against Stevenage Ladies.
A new layout at Plantation Park on match days now, was easy before for supporters to wander through the main building past the changing rooms to get to the pitch, now instead you go around the Macron Store to the right entering through the turn-styles, access to the upstairs bar to the left, a large window provides a good overview of the pitch, can opt to watch the game from the comfort of indoors if you like, however I have a spot I like at Plantation park in the main stand I like so I headed there instead. The pitch is a good size has seen alot of action and looks fairly worn in places needs a rest over the festive period having seen alot of football and rain. Was a dry day today however the pitch drained well still and sunny if chilly.
Norwich City Ladies starting XI – Ellie Bird, Rebecca Russell, Erin Wilson, Bryony Rapley (C) Brooke Osborne, Millie Davies, Jodie Drake, Kyla Love, Ellen Swift, Chelsea Garrett & Natasha Snelling.
subs- Emily McErkerk, Teo Ilie & Kate Parsons.
Enfield Town Ladies starting XI – Jodie Sanderson, Sheryce Slater, Danielle Smith, Claire Ford, Cally Browne, Lizzie Kent, Nuala McKevitt (C), Stavroulla Panayiotou, Danjeta Krasnici, Alena Beganovic & Anna Loftus.
subs – Vicky Lewis, Kally-Anna Westgarth & Lisa Kline.
Shorten unavailable today for Norwich regular captain, Kate Parsons on the bench, Bryony Rapley wearing the captains armband today. Enfield were also without their regular captain, Regan Coleman with Nuala McKevitt wearing the armband today aswell as a bandage around her head to protect an injury that she had sustained earlier the season a severe cut to the head that kept her out for a few games.
It’s Norwich to kick-off the 1st half wearing green shirts with yellow vertical piping, yellow shorts with green socks with Enfield lined up opposite wearing white shirts, blue shorts and blue and white hooped socks. Enfield press the ball right from the start win possession send the ball out to the left with Danjeta Krasnici looking to take the ball down the line, wins a throw deep in Norwich territory the ball is worked on into the area headed away, Enfield get it back Lizzie Kent playing it out Stavroulla Panayiotou on the right her diagonal ball into the box is marshalled back to Norwich goalkeeper, Ellie Bird by Rapley at the back.
|Norwich City Ladies, Rebecca Russell getting to the ball
ahead of Enfield Town Ladies, Danjeta Krasnici
Enfield have Norwich pinned in their half at the start of the match, Panayiotou holds the ball up right wing receiving from a throw outside the box her ball crossed into the box headed away by Millie Davies for Norwich look to counter attack the ball played long for Brooke Osborne breaking on the left is tackled by Enfield’s, Danielle Smith level with the top of the area Norwich get the cross into the area, Enfield’s Claire Ford heading the ball out of the area for another throw on the right. Enfield get hold of the ball from the throw can’t get it away good closing down by Jodie Drake for Norwich plays the pass inside for Natasha Snelling 25 yards out looks to try and slide the ball into the box with Chelsea Garrett making a run to get in behind, Ford goes with her, doesn’t need to make the tackle as her goalkeeper, Jodie Sanderson coming forwards makes the call and gathers the ball into her gloves.
|Enfield Town Ladies, Claire Ford with Norwich
City Ladies, Chelsea Garrett
Up the other end Bird is quickly out of her goalmouth to the left corner of her area to slide in and smother the ball at the feet of Krasnici on the left as she breaks in behind after Loftus in the middle closes down the Norwich back line the ball deflecting off her out to Krasnici. Davies fouls Enfield’s, Alena Berganovic in front of the centre circle a free-kick given players go forwards lining up a top the area as Smith plays the ball forwards, McKevitt getting up looks to head the ball on into the area, runs out of play taking a touch of a Norwich body on the way through a corner is given. The ball sent in high to the near post is defended by Norwich, Kyla Love looks to break away down the left, Loftus gets back on her to tackle and win the ball the ball out for a throw on halfway.
Love gets hold of the ball and drives forwards down the left for Norwich, sends a low cross into the near post area, Snelling arriving at the top of the six yard box has not been picked up the ball into her looks to help it on across the keeper, runs across the face of goal narrowly wide at the far post. Is shaping up to be a good contest between the 2 sides Norwich give away a free-kick on half-way, Ford to play the ball long up towards the Norwich area, Kent jumps to try and get her head on the ball can’t reach it. The ball is kept down that end Krasnici getting a throw on the left the ball is lifted inside to Kent 25 yards out looks to head the ball on into the area, Bird coming gets hold of the ball before it can be helped on.
|Danjeta Krasnici with Norwich’s Natasha Snelling|
Osborne finds herself in a central position as Norwich get the ball forwards 25 yards out wins possession back as Enfield try to clear from the back plays the pass out to Garrett wide left, hooks the ball back in field with Snelling right of the D outside the box picking it up and lifting it up into the box Love breaking far post the target coming in high tries to meet the ball on the volley inside the six yard box her touch sending the ball back square across the face of goal, Sanderson stepping off her goal line gets hold of the ball. Norwich attack on the right Osborne closing down the ball knocks it down the wing for Snelling peeling in behind closing on the byline turns a cross in towards the near post, Ellen Swift making the run can’t get her foot over the ball as McKevitt tracking her run turns the ball behind for the corner kick. Played into the area from the right Davies makes a run towards the ball gets a touch to help it on into the middle Rapley coming in doesn’t connect as she swings for the ball on the penalty spot runs wide to the left Norwich send it back in far post Ford heads clear for Enfield.
Garrett tries to get ahead of Ford through the middle as Osborne plays the ball on with the outside of her boot inside the centre circle, the Enfield defender holding up the Norwich attacker allowing Sanderson time to come and gather the ball as it runs into the box. Enfield counter attack the ball played into McKevitt her pass long for Panayiotou on the right wing plays an early ball across the face of the Norwich area, 25 yards out running onto the ball Loftus hits a shot 1st time her effort curling away from goal. Midway through the 1st half Enfield press forwards the ball with Panayiotou on the right wing fires the ball into the area the ball flashing wide across goal. Love looks a threat on the left for Norwich breaking from her own half with the ball is stopped by Ford getting across and sliding in to take the ball.
Drake plays the ball out to Garrett on the left side, puts the ball inside for Swift outside the box who looks to turn in behind with her 1st touch, Cally Browne reading the move throws out a leg to take the ball away from her. End to end action Rebecca Russell gets to the ball ahead of Krasnici on the left as Enfield try to get her away down the wing the ball is rolled into Snelling moves the ball on quickly with Garrett trying to get in behind run into the box, up against Ford the defender winning the race for the ball. Berganovic is fed in behind the Norwich defence, Bird out of her goal sharply gets to the ball 1st.
|Danielle Smith clears the ball for
Enfield Town Ladies
Love brings the ball up the left for Norwich continues her run making for the box as she lays the ball inside for Snelling outside the box, back out to Garrett on the left is tackled by Sheryce Slater, the ball doesn’t go far Garrett retrieves plays the ball up into the box left side Love seeing it into her feet turns playing the ball into the near post with Swift looking to make the run, Sanderson is across her goal quickly to get down and claim the ball.
Snelling drives forwards through the middle with the ball for Norwich her pass is forwards for Swift drifting to the right, Browne gets back on her to put the ball out to the right, Osborne racing forwards gets hold of it pushing down the line her 1st attempt to play the ball in is charged down the ball out for a throw taken quickly, Osborne gets her 2nd cross into the Enfield six yard box flashing across goal hits McKevitt on the back, deflecting it straight at her goal, but also straight into Sanderson well placed in the middle.
Slater throwing herself at the ball inside the box does just about enough far post to deny Garrett an attempt at goal as she makes the run inside having laid the ball into Snelling at the top of the area on the right as she brings the ball forwards for Norwich. Enfield attack through the middle the ball played into Loftus 30 yards out rolls it in field for Berganovic who looks to feed Panayiotou into the area from the right side, Love getting back tackles her inside the box coming away with the ball. Kent with the long pass out to the right sees Panayiotou attack down the line making for the byline wins Enfield a corner kick, a good delivery into the near post area the ball is dealt with by Rapley.
|Norwich City Ladies, Kyla Love|
GOAL! Norwich launch a counter attack and take the lead late in the 1st half the ball with Love on the left side carries it along way is met by Slater the two coming together battling for control of the ball, Slater has it, Love doesn’t give up and getting back at her steals the ball off the defender and runs in behind reaching to top of the box, shoots firing the ball in over the keeper into the back of the net 1-0.
Enfield press forwards as the 1st half moves into injury time, Panayiotou winning a corner on the right off Wilson. Bird comes through bodies to try and punch it clear near post knocking the ball up into the air is cleared only as far as Berganovic top of the area right of goal takes on the side a nick taking it behind for a 2nd corner kick, Ford gets up highest for it headers the ball down drops wide of the goal a 3rd corner is signalled try to go short with Loftus moving out to the left her ball into the area is cleared by Norwich.
|Anna Loftus scores to make it 1-1 for Enfield Town Ladies|
|Norwich City Ladies, Ellen Swift|
|Enfield Town Ladies captain, Nuala McKevitt|
|Enfield Town Ladies
|Norwich City Ladies, Natasha Snelling|
|Chelsea Garrett, pictured with Enfield’s Lizzie Kent with a
late equaliser for Norwich City Ladies.