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Rutherford brace seals Canaries win


By Rosie Bonass

27 February 2017 08:20

Joanne Rutherford netted twice for Town as they beat Norwich City Ladies 3-1 in the league on Sunday.

Right back Lucy Webster scored arguably one of the goals of the season as she opened the scoring for Town early in the first half and Norwich pulled one back late on through Kyla Love.

Nikki Baker made one change to her starting line-up as Asia Brown made her full debut at left back in replace of Mollie Robinson.

Town got off to an encouraging start as Webster scored an unbelievable solo goal after thirteen minutes when she dribbled past four players - covering almost three quarters of the pitch and after a brilliant run, she eventually slotted passed Ellie Bird into the bottom left corner.

Two minutes later, Rutherford doubled the advantage for Town as she poked the ball in at far post after Rachel Kosky supplied a superb long free kick.

The Hatters should have increased their lead shortly after when Webster drilled in a dangerous ball from the right wing, but it was slightly too high for Zara Carroll who was unmarked in the box.

At the other end of the pitch, the only meaningful chance for the visitors came from a corner kick, just before the interval when Love volleyed the ball just over the crossbar.

Immediately after the break, Brown was unlucky not to bag her first goal for Town as she fired her shot inches wide.

Half an hour later, Rutherford gave Town a three-goal cushion as she netted from close range after Henman delivered a brilliant ball in at the far post.

Love scored a scrappy consolation goal from close range for Norwich in the eighty-first minute but Town’s dominance paid off and they were the worthy winners by the end.

After the game, Baker said: “Getting the early goal helped us a lot.

It was 2-0 after 15 minutes and this set us up to be able to relax and try to play a bit of football.

We panicked a little bit and I was disappointed to concede but we came through it well”.

Baker went on to praise 16-year-old Webster after she scored a phenomenal solo goal and Rutherford, who bagged two goals.

Lucy has been exceptional this season despite being only 16”, Baker commented.

“Both at right back and on the wing she has been superb, keeping some of the best players in the league quiet defensively and going forward she is difficult to stop.

“Her goal today was so typical of her as she took the ball off a player and just ran straight through the whole side.

Jo has been a key player for us this season and her work rate is top class and she was unlucky today not to get a hatrick.

“We have been working on partnerships with her and she has been linking really well with other midfield players recently”.
Town’s next game comes in two weeks’ time when they play Ipswich away on 12th March 2017.