MK Dons Ladies failed to make ground on the top-three on Sunday afternoon as they were beaten 3-0 by Norwich City.
With several key players missing through injury, John Dyer’s side made the journey to Suffolk with hopes of leapfrogging their opponents, Norwich, in the South East Combination League table.
The Dons, though, fell behind inside the opening 20 minutes partly due to a lack of concentration in visitor’s makeshift back-four.
Soon after, the Canaries doubled their lead following another mistake in the Dons’ defence, leaving Dyer’s Ladies with it all to do in the second half.
Despite the difficult conditions and the two-goal deficit, the visitors refused to give up and they began dominating the game for large parts in the second half with both Emily Mann and Leah Cudone going close to pulling a goal back.
However, any hopes of a dramatic turnaround was lost mid-way through the second period when a mix-up between Sophie Mulvihill and ‘keeper Trip Witney allowed a City forward to pounce and convert a third for the home team.
After the game, Dons boss Dyer said: “It was always going to be a difficult game, especially as we were without the backbone of our side.
“The youth and inexperience showed and we allowed several mistakes which eventually cost us but we’ll learn and move on from this.”