NORWICH CITY LADIES 1-3 CAMBRIDGE WOMEN
Cambridge returned from a potentially tricky midweek evening fixture at Norwich with their first three league points of the season.
Laura Bright and Nuala Wayne had already sent snap shots wide but after a spell of sustained Cambridge pressure, Wayne opened the scoring after 18 minutes. An underhit goal kick was intercepted by Wayne and she sent an early shot back at goal and an awkward bounce in front of the keeper saw it hit the back of the net. Norwich equalised within a minute however after they won a free kick outside the box in the left channel. The Norwich player stepped up and curled a superb effort into the top far corner. Nicola Goeghan was unlucky not to head home a Becky Russell free kick but right in the stroke of half time, Wayne gave Cambridge the lead with a thunderous 30 yard effort high into the goal.
Barring the odd foray forwards from the home side that resulted in a couple of shots that were straight at Verity Crook in goal, the Cambridge goalkeeper was largely untested in a dominant second half performance. Faith Hewitt had two excellent chances to score after being put through by Charlotte Crisp and Sophie Thompson but could only clear the bar or force a save. Thompson herself was unlucky not to score when she rolled the ball past the goalkeeper only for a covering defender to clear on the goal line. Emma Jenkins and Bright again had efforts wide of the goal but it was to be Wayne who stole the headlines with a fine hat trick goal, as she twisted and turned on the edge of the box before firing in a low shot into the far corner.
A fine performance in both defence and attack and a second win on the bounce for Cambridge.
CAMBRIDGE:- Verity Crook; Emma Jenkins, Jordan Holland, Nicola Geoghan, Kayleigh Anne Burt; Laura Bright, Hannah Bodily (Liz Pamplin 68); Becky Russell (Sophie Thompson 62), Faith Hewitt, Charlotte Crisp; Nuala Wayne (Caitlin Marks 73)
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