NCFC Women defeated in FA Women's National League Cup by Gillingham

Norwich City Women’s head coach Shaun Howes was pleased to be able to give out minutes to some of his players on the fringes of the starting XI during Sunday’s FA Women’s National League Cup tie with Gillingham.

The Canaries lost the match 6-0, with five goals being scored in the second half, but Shaun said the game was used an as on opportunity to play some players returning from injury and those who have not started in the league for them yet this campaign.

“That was the pleasing part that we were able to give players that are coming back from injury or players that have not started the last few games, decent minutes,” he said.

“I think we competed okay. We didn’t control the ball as well as we could have. They had the majority of the ball, but we defended reasonably well without really causing them any issues. However, we tried to change it in the second half to cause them a few more problems and I think by doing that we opened ourselves up a little bit more than we wanted to but we had to try and do something to see if we could score a goal.

“It was midway through the second half that we conceded three really quick goals. I think that was the telling factor, we switched off for a few minutes and conceded three in a short space of time.”

Norwich City Women will return to Division One South East action on Sunday when they host Actonians at The Nest. Having picked up a point away at AFC Wimbledon in the last league game the team and head coach Howes is looking forward to the game.

“Yes, we can’t wait. That last time out in the league was a really positive result and a real positive step forward so hopefully we can continue with a positive performance and a positive result on Sunday.”

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