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Tim Rapley hails confidence-boosting win as Cambridge City Ladies get up and running in FA Women's National League, Division One South East




Shannon Shaw in action for Cambridge City Ladies. Picture: Keith Heppell (18282218)
Shannon Shaw in action for Cambridge City Ladies. Picture: Keith Heppell (18282218)

Tim Rapley feels that Cambridge City Ladies’ first win in the FA Women’s National League, Division One South East will help them settle in their new surrounds.

The Lilywhites had stormed to promotion last season, and have taken time to find their feet at the new level for the first time.

But goals from Karly Tolentino, Megan Tonks, Hannah Bodily and Shannon Shaw gave them a 4-3 win at Norwich City Women which will act as a further confidence boost.

“It’s taken us six games to get the three points, but we have steadily improved each game,” said Rapley.

“They are just getting used to the level of the league, and it is stronger than what we’re used to, which has taken us a little while to get going.

“It’s what we half expected as you try to plan that it doesn’t take you by surprise but I still think, ultimately, it does take a little while to get going.

“I’m really chuffed we got the three points because it does weigh on you a little bit, and does knock the confidence when you're not picking up results."

City had already earned draws against Cambridge United Women and AFC Wimbledon, but the clinical nature at both ends of the pitch had gone against them.

"Some of the scorelines have been perhaps a little bit harsh on us, but it is what it is, if they score four goals and you don't score any you get hammered 4-0. We've been in games, but we've been punished for a bit of naivety at times.

"I think this will give us a lot of confidence going forward. The ladies came back strong to get the win and were very pleased and very relieved, and I think they deserved it."



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