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ITFC Women Thrash Canaries in Front of Big Crowd
Thursday, 5th Sep 2019 11:28

Ipswich Town Women thrashed local rivals Norwich City 4-1 in the East Anglian derby in front of a big 761 crowd at the Goldstar Ground, Felixstowe on Wednesday evening, defender Paige Peake netting two and Maddie Biggs and Natasha Thomas one each.

England U18 international Peake gave the Blues the lead in the 20th minute with a 20-yard freekick which found the top corner of the Norwich net.

Town continued to dominate and had chances to extend their lead before half-time with Amanda Crump having an effort ruled out for offside and Sophie Peskett striking the bar.

But four minutes after the break, they did pull further in front. After good work from Peskett, Thomas shot low into the corner of the net.

Against the run of play the visitors pulled a goal back soon afterwards via Chelsea Garrett but Town’s two-goal advantage was quickly restored when the Blues were awarded a penalty after sub Biggs was fouled. Peake slammed the penalty into the top corner of the net to make it 3-1.

Biggs, 16, added the fourth in injury time, cutting inside and hitting a shot into the top corner to cap a famous night for the Blues and their best-ever 761 crowd, far higher than the 140 which watched the corresponding fixture last season and also the 500 which had been targeted prior to the match.

Among those present were men's team manager Paul Lambert, who spoke to the squad before the match, general manager of football operations Lee O'Neill, academy head of coaching and player development Bryan Klug and first-team players.

The Tractor Girls are now second in the FA Women's National League Division One South East table ahead of another home game against Actonians at the Goldstar Ground on Sunday afternoon (KO 2pm).

Town: Runnacles, Pannifer, Peake, Egan, Hubbard, Wilson, Crump (c), King (Wakefield), Cossey, Peskett, Thomas (Biggs).

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pennblue added 11:53 - Sep 5
Great result! We should be looking to get back to back promotions. I expect this team to be playing at Portman road on Saturdays when the Men's team are playing away, and I would expect crowds to be fairly similar in 10 years time.

Well done to Paul Lambert once more, we have been slow on the up take for sure, but hopefully our women's team can now progress.

Edmundo added 12:29 - Sep 5
Awesome result! Lovely to see us thrash the Budgies, at any level. Hope to see the Women's team at PR soon.

nathitfc89 added 13:07 - Sep 5
finally a derby day win! I forgot what one of those were.

NW10_Tractor added 13:45 - Sep 5
20 yard free kick top bins. Get in!

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 13:53 - Sep 5
Yeah! "Thrashing the Budgies." Hope the women's team go from strength to strength.

dirtydingusmagee added 13:59 - Sep 5
yyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssss, one over the carrot road mob. Well done ladies.

midastouch added 16:18 - Sep 5
Beat them in the Hospital Cup and now this. Next season it will be our Senior team doing double over them too and about time!
Teams coming down from the Prem seem to be struggling a lot lately, think Sunderland and now Stoke and Huddersfield. Hull nearly went down as well. If we are in the same league again next season, which could happen, then no reason why we can't turn them over if the team plays well on the day, especially now we've got the likes of Norwood. We've been missing a goal scorer for way too many derby games in recent times but that problem is well and truly solved now.

BerlinBlue added 18:44 - Sep 5
It was a really accomplished performance. These girls can definitely play.
Early season looking great for them and for the men's team. Refreshing!

budgieplucker added 19:57 - Sep 5
I didn’t know quite what to expect as I attended my first woman’s match. Boy was I impressed with the girls. Brilliant match, great atmosphere, even bluey the horse was there. Also free to ITFC season ticket holders, What a thoroughly enjoyable evening by the seaside, watching a game under the lights in the fresh air and a beer in hand. The two girls in the centre of he park were absolutely astounding, intercepting, making space, carrying the ball forward and stroking the ball around. All the team were well drilled and made impressive runs into space.

I will definitely be back to see more, and great to see Paul Lambert and several of the players around, great club atmosphere like a big happy family. Well done to the lads behind the goal who kept the noise and banter going all match.

Thank you girls for a great evening and you were all a great credit to the club

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