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Norwich City Women beaten in Plate competition by AFC Wimbledon

Norwich City Women exited the FA Women’s National Plate following a 4-0 home defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

It was a typical start to the match for the Canaries as they took a few minutes to find their feet, with City keeper Bryony Williams forced to make two saves in the first five minutes.

Jodie Drake also got stuck into the action early on as she made a great block when City lost possession in a dangerous position just outside the edge of the area.

City won the first corner of the game as Aimee Durrant flew down the right wing and managed a shot across goal, forcing the Blues keeper to tip her effort behind.

Nobody managed to get on the end of the corner and shortly after, at the 10-minute mark, the visitors were ahead. Some lovely passing deep in the City half saw Wimbledon get the first shot with any real power and it managed to beat Williams.

City sat back for the following few minutes as the Dons went all out attack. Luckily for Norwich, Williams was solid between the sticks and made a number of saves to keep the score at 1-0.

Both Aimee Durrant and Ellie Smith made two separate dangerous attacks, as Durrant worked a pass from Kathryn Stanley past the Blues defence and was looking to take a shot from a tight angle, but was flagged for offside.

Shortly after, Smith managed to drive down the middle from 30 yards out, all the way to the edge of the box and get a one-on-one with the keeper. The Blues stopper ran out to the edge of the box and blocked Smith's effort.

At the 36-minute mark the Blues made it two when they cut inside the City box and a powerful low strike was too quick for Williams, as she was only able to get a hand to it before it hit the back of the net.

Less than four minutes later, City found themselves three behind, as the Wimbledon attacks were becoming unstoppable.

Some great passing deep in the City half, coupled with another compelling shot from inside the box, gave the visitors a comfortable half-time lead.

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The second half saw two early substitutions, as Aimee Durrant and Mollie O’Callaghan were replaced by Rosie George and Leilah Gooding.

City had the chance to pull one back in the first minute of the second half, as a penalty was awarded after Millie Daviss was brought down in the box. Stanley stepped up but let the nerves get the better of her as her shot flew over the bar.

The game then levelled out, as City looked the more dominant side in midfield, but the Dons were still putting the pressure on the Yellows defence. Katie Appleton was then subbed off for Samara Nche, who found a partnership with George to work the Blues defence hard and unsettle them deep into their own half.

Smith then won a corner for City and Stanley took it from the right, but no one managed to get on the end of the first ball. It then fell to Drake who was able to loop a shot over the defence but the Dons keeper was there to collect.

Nche and George made another link up to put pressure on the visitors, as George managed a shot across goal but it was too weak to test the keeper and no one was able to get on the end of it. With just five minutes of normal play left, Wimbledon put the game to bed and made it four.

The visitors had the last of the attacks as Chardonnay Johnston picked up a yellow after bringing down a Blues midfielder from 30 yards out in the City half. The Dons were feeling confident and fired the free kick at goal but it went just wide of the target.

Williams made one last save before the final whistle, as the Blues made a dangerous looking attack on the break and managed a shot from distance. Williams stopped the shot from beating her and then collected to prevent any further attack.

Norwich City: Bryony Williams, Jess Harper, Anna Larkins, Jodie Drake, Chardonnay Johnston, Millie Daviss (C), Mollie O’Callaghan, Aimee Durrant, Ellie Smith, Kathryn Stanley, Katie Appleton. Subs (all used): Abbie Keeley, Samara Nche, Rosie George, Abi Tate, Leilah Goodling.

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