LOWFC Preview: Norwich City (A)

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Orient travel to East Anglia this weekend to take on Norwich City. The O’s will be looking to close the gap on league leaders Ipswich Town with a win.

Last Time Out

The O’s defeated Phoenix Sports 4-0 at the Mayplace Ground to progress to the semi-finals of the Isthmian Cup.

Sophie Le Marchand bagged two before half time to give her side a comfortable advantage going into the second half.

Hayley Barton added a third eight minutes after the break to put the tie beyond any doubt, before Le Marchand completed her hat-trick in the 74th minute to put the gloss on a fine performance for Chris Brayford’s side.

Orient will now face Billericay Town in the next round as they look to retain the trophy they won last season.

The Opposition

Norwich currently occupy 8th place in the FA WNL South East, with three wins, two draws and eight defeats in their 13 games played so far.

The Canaries come into this one off the back of a couple of convincing victories. Greg Dimsey’s side defeated Sprowston Athletic 6-0 in the County Cup a fortnight ago and followed that up with a 6-3 win away at Stevenage in the league last weekend.

Chelsea Garrett bagged four goals in the win over Stevenage, which puts her far and away at the top of her side’s scoring charts with 18 goals in 15 appearances.

Previous Meeting

The two sides last met at the Breyer Group Stadium in September, with the O’s running out comfortable 5-0 winners.

Chris Brayford’s side led by a Sophie Le Marchand goal to nil at the break, but following the interval really turned up the pressure as they put Norwich to the sword.

Le Marchand and Hayley Barton notched two each in the final 25 minutes to seal a resounding win in E10.

Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking prior to the game, vice-captain Le Marchand, expressed her excitement at getting back out on the pitch after 17 days without a game.

“We were disappointed not to be able to play last weekend due to a waterlogged pitch, so all of the girls are chomping at the bit to get back out there and produce a stellar performance.

Earlier in the season, we enjoyed a fine 5-0 victory over Norwich at the Breyer Group Stadium, and we will be hoping to produce a similarly successful performance this weekend, albeit on their patch.

With games in hand on the league leaders and cup semi-finals ahead, the squad is seriously fired up and ready for the challenges that await us in the second half of the season.”

Coming to the Game?

The match takes place this Sunday February 9th at Plantation Park, Norwich. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:00PM.