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Match Preview – Norwich City

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Norwich City vs Ipswich Town

Sunday 1st November – The Nest, Norwich, NR10 3AQ – 1pm ko – ticket only.

The first East Anglian Derby of the season is upon us as Ipswich Town head into Norfolk in the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round. The two sides faced off in the exact same round last season at the Goldstar Ground where the Tractor Girls run away with the win. This time around, the roles have reversed but Joe Sheehan’s side, who have scored 20 goals in their last 2 games and conceded none, will be very much in the hunt for the same result.

Pre-Match Chat –

As expected with any derby game, every Ipswich fan will be fully up for the visit to Norwich on the back of what has been an amazing start to the season for Town. Striker Natasha Thomas has been in unstoppable form recently and is now only 3 goals away from taking her goal tally for the club to 100. What a game it would be to hit such an achievement.

Team Talk –

Last weeks games at Kent was called off due to international call ups and it seems all the players have returned home without any fresh injuries. Joe Sheehan won’t be short of options for this Sundays’ match. Molly Sutherland and Amy-Leigh Abrehart will be hoping for places in the team after fine performances last time out again Peterborough Northern Star.

The Opposition –

Norwich currently sit 7th in the league after 3 games played, with 2 wins and 1 loss to their name and manager Shaun Howes was pleased with his sides showing in the 3-2 win over AFC Wimbledon last weekend. Kathryn Stanley currently sits as the Canaries top scorer with 3 goals.

Players to Watch

With 2 hat-tricks in as many games, and a club centaury on the cards, Ipswich forward Natasha Thomas won’t be letting anything get in her way on Sunday as she looks to get that 100th club goal. Ipswich fan Eloise King got a hat-trick in our last visit to Norwich and will be very much up to repeat that. Midfielder Georgia Allen looks to be part of her first East Anglian Derby since returning to Suffolk and, after some impressive opening performances, could be the key to unlocking the Norwich defence.

From The Squad –

Molly Sutherland’s performances so far this season haven’t gone unnoticed by the Ipswich Town fans and will be hoping to see more of her this weekend. We caught up with Molly to look ahead to this Sundays’ clash.

We have a very good record against Norwich in recent years, so how did the team react to drawing them in the FA Cup?

The team are, for obvious reasons, ecstatic to be drawn against Norwich, it being a derby game really does make it that little bit more exciting.

It’s a shame the game has come at a time where crowd numbers are restricted. Judging by the social media reaction, a sell out is very likely. Having that support for a derby game must give the team a boost, especially away?

The support we receive is always something we are so grateful for as it really does help push us on in times where a game may become stagnant. In recent rival games against Norwich the support has always been crazy, so it will be unfortunate if the expected capacity of fans aren’t all allowed to watch.

We beat Norwich at this stage last season. Should we be weary of a revenge mission this time round?

We take every team as serious as each other, as like I mentioned any side can be deadly with a desire to win. Although we will prepare for a good Norwich team, like all games we will go into it with confidence. We won’t be any more wary because of prior results but will instead just focus on the game at hand.

They say form goes out of the window when it comes to derby games. Is it just about playing our own game and ensuring we don’t get distracted by the occasion?

Exactly that! The game should be treated as any other so that the only thing we’re focused on is our own individual performances and how this can aid the team to victory. We know our strengths, we just need to play to them in the match.

Being a life long Ipswich fan, Eloise will be very much up for this meeting. She bagged a hat-trick last time against Norwich, I’m sure she’ll very much be looking for another this time?

Eloise is always fired up for a game against Norwich and she definitely is this time round. I think with such a good performance last time, she will be wanting to replicate this to help Ipswich produce another derby day win!

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