Norwich Dragons 6 Sudbury Ladies 2
Sudbury faced a hard task in Norwich due to the heat and a rearranged formation.
This resulted in Sudbury starting slow, allowing Norwich Dragons to apply the pressure early and take advantage with two goals not long after the first whistle. Sudbury got the wake up call they needed and the away team started seeing more of the ball, with good play up the wings from Emma Stephens and Collette Cottrell and solid defending from Mandy Coleman and Hayley Spooner.
This increase in possession and the continual pressure being applied by Sudbury allowed a number of good attacks to take place resulting in a few near misses and a number of short corners being won.
After some good saves from the Norwich Dragons’ keeper, Sudbury were finally able to capitalise with Jess Shepherdson deflecting a powerful strike from Collette Cottrell. Due to a slip in concentration and a misplaced pass, Sudbury were exposed at the back which resulted in Norwich scoring right at the end of the first half.
Sudbury started the second half well with an increase in movement and possession allowing the midfield to work the ball around the D, which ended in Ami Humphreys beating the goalkeeper with a superb lifted hit. Although Sudbury were creating chances they were unfortunate enough to go down to ten players due to illness early in the second half.
This allowed the Norwich Dragons’ players to find space that had not been available to them in the first half and therefore increased the workload for the away team.
Although Sudbury continued to battle hard against the waves of attacks and the heat, the gaps created by losing a player were too hard to close down, resulting in Norwich being able to score a number of goals. Although Sudbury lost, the continual hard work and commitment shown by every player is a positive to take on to their next game against. Joint player of the match went to Hayley Spooner and Jess Shepherdson due to their excellent work rates.