Canaries In Seventh Heaven

Wymondham Town 0-7 Norwich City

by Darrell Allen (31/8/22)

Above: Celebrations after Megan Todd scored from the spot for Norwich City. Photo: Hardy Scott Photos.

Norwich City produced a performance of class and cutting edge to thrash local rivals Wymondham Town in the East Anglian Derby as Shaun Howes’ side continued their 100% win rate at the start of the FA Women’s National League Division One South-East season.

A hat trick from Natasha Snelling plus Olivia Cook, Rebecca Russell, and penalties from Megan Todd and Katie Knights saw the Canaries storm to a 7-0 victory.

The game played at the headquarters of Norfolk County FA on the stunning 3G facility at the FDC in Bowthorpe in front of a wonderful crowd of 435 saw the two best teams in Norfolk go head to head but the Canaries were streets ahead on the evening. 

Sensational Snelling 

Is there a player on better form in the country at the moment than Natasha Snelling of Norwich City? Two hat tricks in her opening three games of the season have got her campaign off to a flyer. The first at The Abbey Stadium on the season’s opening day and Snelling took this huge local derby in her stride notching another hat-trick.

Scoring Norwich City’s second, third and fifth goals on the evening, Snelling had a beaming smile after every strike and it is pleasing to see someone who had given so much to Norwich City Women in her life getting some great success. Six goals in three games with her side sitting top of the league will mean so much to the club but especially Snelling who has been with the Canaries through so many ups and downs.

Happy Howes

Above: Norwich City players and staff together last night. Photo: Norwich City Women.

What a night for Norwich City manager Shaun Howes, he took the whole evening in his stride, speaking to fans before and after the game and managing the team in his ever-popular cool, calm, and collected way with positivity at the forefront of everything he does.

Howes was buzzing as he left the field and remained out on the pitch for nearly 20 minutes after the final whistle engaging with supporters. To his credit, through the dark times, he kept telling everyone things would turn out positive and we are now starting to see the fruits of his labour really coming to the fore.

Reliable Russell 

Rebecca Russell is best known as a free kick specialist in Norfolk women’s football having scored many for Wymondham Town last season and now with Norwich City hopes were high for more and she has already delivered. 

Following Sunday’s outrageous strike to send Actonians back off packing to London empty-handed, she stepped up 17 minutes from time and caught Yaz Walford out in the Wymondham goal curling a beautiful free kick into the near post for the sixth goal of the night. When you need to capitalise on your set pieces, Russell is the player to have in your ranks. There will be plenty more to come.

Above: Megan Todd converts from the spot for Norwich City against Wymondham Town. Photo: Hardy Scott Photos.

Knights Rounds Off The Night 

A big occasion in Norfolk women’s football is not complete at the moment without a contribution from Katie Knights. 

Another player Norwich captured from Wymondham in the summer thought she was going to miss out on the scoring last night until the 14th minute of stoppage time, following an injury to Wymondham Town’s Natasha Youngs.

The last act of the game saw Norwich City awarded a penalty and Knights dispatched it emphatically to round off the scoring and celebrated wildly in front of her adoring friends who were gathered on the side of the pitch.

Important For Wymondham To Keep Calm

A tough few days for Wymondham, losing 10-0 at title favourites Hashtag United on Sunday before getting thumped 7-0 by Norwich City in their home local derby last night. 

It is important to recognise that these are not fixtures that will define Wymondham’s season. Greater assignments of importance lie ahead with two matches against both Cambridge United and Cambridge City where they will be desperate to pick up the required points in order to survive. 

It’s important for them to keep calm and with Rod Dyer at the helm that’s exactly what will happen. 

Above: Norwich City celebrate Olivia Cook’s goal. Photo: Norwich City Women.

Teams: WYMONDHAM TOWN: Walford, Osborne, Newcombe, Douglas, Cheal, Shipman, Codman, Kindred, Catchpole, Waters, Youngs. Substitutes: White, Studd, Hawkins, Kett.

NORWICH CITY: Williams, Larkins, Flye, Johnston, Parker, Knights, Russell, Smith, Todd, Cook, Snelling, Subs: Ward, George, Harper, Gooding, Gambell.

Scorers: Snelling (3), Todd, Cook, Russell, Knights.

Attendance: 435.

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