Darrell Allen rounds up all the women’s football action in Norfolk over the past week (23/5/23).
Above: Millie Daviss and Anna Larkins lift the Norfolk Women’s Cup for Norwich City. Photo: Ben Cunningham.
Norfolk Women’s Cup Final
On Friday night, tier four Norwich City eventually defeated Mulbarton Belles from three leagues below 3-0 at Carrow Road. After a goalless first half, goals from Ceri Flye, Katie Knights, and Olivia Cook saw the favourites claim the victory. It was a fitting finale for both manager Shaun Howes and the club’s physical preparation coach Matt Stebbings, with both men leaving the club following this game.
Norfolk Women and Girls’ League Division One
Less than 48 hours after their cup final against Norwich City, Mulbarton Belles were in action again as they beat Caister 7-3 at The Allendale thanks to a hat-trick from Annie Smith, a brace from Sophie Jermy and one each from Rebekah Lake and Eloise Peek. Caister’s goals came from Ellie Blaxell, Sam Hunn, and Beth Turner.
In the day’s other game, the University of East Anglia recorded their first league win since November by beating Stalham Town 2-1 thanks to goals from Freya Standing and Tegan Collier with Stalham’s reply coming from Emma Macmillan.
Norfolk Women and Girls’ League Division Two
On Thursday night, Aylsham secured the title with a 3-0 win at Thorpe St. Andrew with their goals coming from Jordan Arnoup, Rhiannon Dack, and Sophie Lubbock.
Meanwhile, in Sunday’s three games, there was a staggering 21 goals. Thorpe St. Andrew responded to Thursday’s defeat with a 5-1 victory over Horsford in what was Thorpe manager Tony Allen’s last game in charge. Sarah Rooke scored a hat-trick with Tabitha Mileham adding two. Maisie Nichols scored for Horsford.
Jordan Turner scored four as King’s Lynn Soccer Club beat Shrublands 8-0, the other four goals coming from Viktorija Burkauskaite, Lucy Clarke, Taeya Mayes, and Trinity Tokaji.
Kiera Brown netted five in North Walsham Town’s 6-1 win over Bulldogs FC, the other North Walsham goal was scored by Rio Dobbie with Niamh Underhill scoring for Bulldogs.