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Amy's first goal is only enough to earn a point

PUBLISHED: 00:31 16 March 2011

WOMEN'S EAST LEAGUE: Norwich City dropped valuable points in their quest for promotion from Division 2NE when they could only secure a 1-1 draw against mid-table North Walsham.

It all started brightly enough, with City looking purposeful in attack and creating chances in front of goal. The breakthrough came when Amy Campbell opened her account for the first team.

It felt like only a matter a time before a clutch of goals would come, but it never happened.

City looked below par. In the second half they allowed Walsham back into the game and the visitors’ goal was a superbly struck short corner.

Captain Deb Painter led the charge to turn round the and player of the match Alex Woods battled to make chances, but ultimately City were not able to reach the level of intensity needed to win the game and came away frustrated.

Despite the slip, City remain well placed for promotion, standing five points clear of nearest rivals Yarmouth with just three games left to play.

Norwich Dragons ended any lingering relegation fears in Division 1N when they won 3-1 at Ipswich and East Suffolk.

Marie James scored the first goal, expertly chipping the ball from close range over the flailing keeper.

Claire Baker scored the second after some good work by Natalie Beal and Hannah Hardy, with Beal completing the Dragons’ scoring with a deflection of a speedy pass from Marie James. Performances of note came from Angela Murgatroyd and Rachel Miles, while Gail Thomas was player of the match.

Harleston Magpies II were out of luck as they suffered a 5-1 home defeat at the hands of Saffron Walden.

After going 2-0 down in the first half Magpies thought they had pulled one back when Lauren Barber’s deflected effort appeared to go in, but a goal was not given.

Much worse was to follow when Micayla Tootill dislocated a knee-cap, prompting a half-hour delay and a change of pitch.

The visitors moved 5-0 ahead after the break before Magpies finally got some reward with a late consolation goal from skipper Melissa Hunter.

Player of the match was Holly Baker on her return to the seconds.

Back in Division 2NE Norwich Dragons II shared the points after a 1-1 home draw with the UEA.

Dragons keeper Jenny de Polo made some good saves before finally being beaten towards the end of the first half.

Dragons levelled with a precision shot from Jenni Martin.

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