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It’s the first game fans look for when the fixtures get released each Summer, but this weekends’ meeting between the eastern rivals meets outside of league action. Just like last season, it’s another East Anglian Derby in the Third Round Qualifying of the FA Cup and another highly anticipated clash for the Tractors Girls.
Ipswich are the runaway favourites heading into Norfolk this Sunday, having beaten the Canaries in last seasons’ FA Cup 6-1 at the Goldstar Ground while also winning the league games, 4-1 and 10-0.
Joe Sheehan’s side are yet to concede a goal in league and cup action this season while heading to Norwich on the back of 2 10-0 wins. With Natasha Thomas also firing in two Hat-tricks in as many games, this Sunday’s opponents will do well to keep her quiet.
You have to go back two seasons since the last time Norwich took points off the Tractor Girls when they won 3-0 at Plantation Park during the 18/19 season. Only Natasha Thomas and Paige Wakefield remain with the club from that game.
Meetings between Ipswich and Norwich have always been high scoring games, with the lowest combined goals over the two league games from the past five seasons being 4.
15/16 – 12 goals over 2 games
16/17 – 8 goals over 2 games
17/18 – 14 over 2 games
18/19 – 4 goals over 2 games
19/20 – 15 goals over 2 games
Last season saw the most amount of goals in the league games between the two rivals which Ipswich won 10-0 and 4-1. A standout performance from Ipswich Town fan Eloise King saw the young Midfielder get herself a Hat-trick in the away fixture at Plantation Park.
With Joe Sheehan’s side in the mood they currently find themselves, we could see another high scoring game on Sunday when they travel to Norwich’s new home, The Nest on Sunday afternoon.