CARROW ROAD CROWD SEES WYMONDHAM TOWN RETAIN WOMEN’S CUP
It was a first for female football in Norfolk yesterday afternoon as King’s Lynn Town took on Wymondham Town in the McDonald's Norfolk Women’s Cup Final, which was held at Norwich City FC’s Carrow Road for the first time.
Wymondham drew first blood after 16 minutes when Laura Nicholls set up Hannah Waters to tap home from close range. Despite good play from King’s Lynn, Wymondham were then able to double their lead before half time with Nicholls getting herself on the scoresheet.
After the break substitute Summer Ward extended the lead with a long range effort and Waters completed her brace in the final stages to put the game out of reach.
King’s Lynn pulled a goal back through Emma Corbyn, but the damage had already been done thanks to a clinical Wymondham performance.
Straight from the kick off there was a great interception by Mollie O’Callaghan who drove at the King’s Lynn defense, her through ball skidded off the Carrow Road turf and behind for a goal kick to the relief of King’s Lynn.
Good attacking runs from Rebecca Russell and Waters from Wymondham showed their forward intent early on, but their efforts failed to create any meaningful chances.
A great pass from Kayleigh Holloway through the Lynn defense put Waters one-on-one with Bryony Robinson in the King’s Lynn net. However, Robinson was quick off her line to clear the ball and keep the game goalless.
Wymondham broke the deadlock after 14 minutes when Nicholls used her pace to break through the Lynn defensive line and squared the ball to Waters for the simplest of tap-ins at the far post.
After going behind King’s Lynn began to enjoy more periods of possession and after winning a free kick deep in the Wymondham half, Lynn Captain Becky Russell was able to cross a dangerous ball into the box. The ball in was met by the head of Tiffany Forshaw but the forward couldn’t direct her effort on target.
Deva Rawlings almost equalised for Lynn when her first time effort caught out goalkeeper, Ashleigh O’Callaghan. With the keeper beat, her effort fizzed just wide keeping the score at 1-0.
Wymondham then doubled their lead just before half time, scoring a goal similar to their first. Once again Nicholls used her pace to get away from the Lynn back line, but this time took the shot on herself and found the bottom corner of the net.
Half Time: King’s Lynn Town 0-2 Wymondham Town
The second half started frantically with end-to-end action as both teams were creating chances.
King’s Lynn substitute Chloe Witt was unable to convert from close range after a good pass from Russell, and Wymondham’s Chardonnay Johnston saw her free kick from a dangerous position, blocked by the wall.
Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse then hit the post from distance up one end, followed by Nicholls being bravely stopped by Chloe Burch’s slide tackle at the other.
Wymondham effectively killed the game with a third goal on 62 minutes, after a corner was headed clear but only to substitute Ward on the edge of the penalty area. Ward took a touch left and fired a lovely shot into the top left corner giving her team a three goal cushion.
With ten minutes to go, a long ball found Waters and the striker was able to use her pace to outrun tired Lynn legs, round the keeper and put the game out of reach for Lynn with her second of the afternoon and Wymondham’s fourth.
Only moments later, King’s Lynn finally got the goal they deserved when after some good build up play down the right, Emma Corbyn fired into the bottom left corner to make it 4 – 1. A consolation goal for Lynn in the end, as Wymondham played out the remaining minutes to retain the Women’s Cup.
Full Time: King’s Lynn Town 1-4 Wymondham Town
A full album of photographs from this fixture can be found here: po.st/DEphoto
A huge thank you to our partners, McDonald’s for sponsoring the Norfolk Women's Cup final this season.
King’s Lynn Town: Shanice Burch, Charlotte Griffith, Natalie Wright, Annie Rooks, Tiffany Forshaw, Deva Rawlings, Rebecca Russel l©, Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse, Oksana Imanalijeva, Bryony Robinson & Chloe Burch.
Subs: Chloe Witt, Georgia Freeman, Olivia Baker, Lisa Wilson, Emma Corbyn.
Wymondham Town: Ashleigh O’Callaghan, Leah Newcombe, Mollie O’Callaghan, Rachel Cossey ©, Kayleigh Holloway, Chelsea Clarke, Hannah Waters, Laura Nicholls, Jorja Patterson, Rebecca Russell & Chardonnay Johnsto.
Subs: Bethany Fretwell, Nadine Basson, Brooklyn Cheal-Ferris, Summer Ward, Alice Ladbroke.
Referee: Ryan Starkey
Assistant Referees: Tracey Clayton & Eleni Christofi
Fourth Official: Paul Roe
Player of the match: Rebecca Russell (King’s Lynn Town)