Ipswich Town Ladies hit Norwich City counterparts for six!

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Ipswich Town Ladies were the toast of East Anglia on Sunday after dishing out a 6-0 thumping against bitter rivals Norwich City, at Felixstowe & Walton’s Goldstar Ground.

Jasmine Cox grabbed a hat-trick, Amanda Crump scored twice and Dani Bitten was also on target as the ladies exorcised the demons of a 5-3 reverse, at Norwich, on the opening day of the season.

The victory against the Canaries was Ipswich’s first of the Women’s Premier League South East campaign and was a sweet moment for the ladies’ manager and Blues fan, Ralph Pruden.

“It was one of those games that we were hoping to win, having played pretty well over the last few weeks,” said Pruden, who was appointed manager in the summer.

“We had not been getting the results our play had deserved and having lost to Norwich already this season, the girls were determined to do something about it.”

The Blues were 3-0 up at the interval, thanks to a goal each from Crump, Bitten and Cox, before Crump’s second half penalty preceded Cox’s late brace.

“We were on top during the early stages if the game but you always worry about conceding if you do not take your chances,” added Pruden, who revealed his side’s performance was a world away from their corresponding South East Division defeat in Norfolk.

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“Since that first game in Norwich, where we were really poor, we have steadily improved every game and played pretty well against the top two teams recently.

“The girls would describe the atmosphere as buzzing after the game and there has been plenty of congratulations and recognition for the victory on social media, which is nice.

“It’s really nice for the girls that they can see they have improved so much since the first game and it’s really pleasing for me, as an Ipswich Town fan, to defeat Norwich in an East Anglian derby.

“That victory puts us into mid-table and hopefully we can keep up our good form in the next game.”

Ipswich Ladies are next in action on Sunday September 28 when Pruden’s side take on Milton Keynes Dons at Ipswich Wanderers’ Humber Doucy Lane ground.

Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions and the kick-off is at 2pm.

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