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Norwich City Women up to ninth with victory over Kent United

Norwich City Women moved up to ninth in the Women’s National League Division One South East with a 4-1 win over Kent United.

Goals from Kathryn Stanley, Jodie Drake, Natasha Snelling and Reanna Cook gave the Canaries the victory as they recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Kent United looked the stronger side inside the first five minutes, as they found space for a shot at goal, but Bryony Williams was alert and got her hands on the ball without any trouble.

Norwich then found their feet, and at the 10-minute mark, netted their first of the match when Kathryn Stanley found plenty of space in the area and fired home.

The Blues didn’t let the early goal affect their play and thought they had levelled shortly after only to realise their shot had rolled inches wide of the target.

Williams then made a great save as City gave a United forward too much room and her shot was fired straight at the target. The Yellows keeper managed to tip it over for a corner, which was then headed just wide.

Norwich then added their second on 15 minutes as Natasha Snelling looped a shot over the keeper from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later and City found themselves three up against a very defeated-looking Kent side. Millie Daviss put the work in on the edge of the box, pressing the Blues defence and after a ball fell to Jodie Drake in the box, she aimed low and found the net.

Following the third goal, City then sat back and held onto possession, controlling the game in midfield, with Ellie Bishop and Chardonnay Johnston making some important interceptions to keep a clean sheet for the Yellows.

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The opening five minutes of the second half were nervous for City as they were a little unsettled by Kent's bright start.

Kent then pulled a goal back on 50 minutes as an early shot caught keeper Williams off guard and found the back of the net.

City then began to press but couldn’t find that final ball to make it four, as some of the players began to tire. Megan Todd was then pulled down on the halfway line and after receiving treatment she was substituted for Rosie George.

The Yellows then made another substitution at 65 minutes, bringing off Leilah Gooding for Reanna Cook, who had an instant impact on the game.

She was on the scoresheet after only being on the pitch for sixty seconds, she was left completely unmarked and was able to convert a well-taken Jess Harper corner, putting the game to bed.

After the fourth goal, United did not drop their heads and were still looking to reduce the gap between the two sides, keeping pressure on City deep in their own half.

George made some excellent play to keep City on the front foot as she dropped back to cover Harper momentarily and prevented any threat from the Blues down the left wing. She regained possession for the Canaries, driving the ball forward and won a throw-in deep into the opposition’s half.

Shortly after, substitute Mollie O’Callaghan cut through the middle of the Blues defence and earned City a free kick within shooting distance. Daviss took but fired at the wall and possession was lost.

Cook had the opportunity to earn herself a brace, but the keeper was steady and able to save her effort from the edge of the box.

The final City chance came from full back Anna Larkins who found herself with room to shoot in the six-yard box, but the United keeper managed to get her hands on the close-range strike.

Kent created one last dangerous attempt to score in the dying seconds but Williams kept the first effort out and the follow-up shot was fired high over the bar.

A well-earned three points for the Yellows means they have now taken seven points from the last nine and can go into next week’s match against league leaders Billericay with confidence.

Norwich City: Bryony Williams, Jess Harper, Ellie Bishop, Chardonnay Johnston, Anna Larkins, Millie Daviss (C), Leilah Gooding, Jodie Drake, Kathryn Stanley, Megan Todd, Natasha Snelling.

Subs (all used): Abbie Keeley, Mollie O’Callaghan, Reanna Cook, Rosie George, Samara Nche

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