Anthony provides finishing touches to City win
M&A PARTNERS NORFOLK LEAGUE: Emily Anthony struck twice as Norwich City II picked up an excellent 2-0 win at third-placed Harleston Magpies III.
Early City pressure was repelled by the Magpies keeper, but she was helpless to prevent the visitors taking the lead as Anthony drove forward and unleashed an unstoppable shot from the edge of the circle. Magpies hit the post in the second half but City made the game safe when a neat passing movement ended with another clinical finish from Anthony.
Bottom of the table Watton II stunned Evergreens with a 3-2 success.
Watton surged into a two-goal lead before Jess Shand's penalty flick reduced the deficit just before half-time. Katie Taylor pulled Evergreens level with a sweet strike after the break, but a well-worked counter-attack five minutes from time saw Watton grab the points.
Runaway leaders Broadland kept up their title charge with a 6-0 thumping of Beccles.
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Kelly Duthie gave Broadland the perfect start with two early goals, both coming from rebounds after Tracey Buxton had shots saved. Lindsay Hyde rifled in the third from a penalty corner and Carre Mill's deflected effort made it four before half-time.
Duthie completed her first-ever hat-trick after the break and Lydia Lawrence rounded off the scoring as she turned in a cross from the left.
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Thetford produced a stirring fightback from three goals down against second-placed Panthers – but eventually succumbed to a 6-3 defeat.
Panthers cruised to a 3-0 lead at half-time, all of the goals coming from short corners. Thetford hit back in the second period as Sam Harvey's goal launched the comeback. Dawn Heavey met Karen Hodgkinson's cross to net the second and Harvey then levelled matters. Panthers then showed their quality to forge ahead again from open play, before two more short corner goals settled the issue.
Division One strugglers Norwich Dragons III suffered another defeat, going down 2-1 at home to Great Yarmouth II.
Danni Parke's late equaliser earned Broadland II a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw at home to Pelicans II.
Carolyn Duthie gave Broadland the lead, before Jess Walker equalised for Pelicans. Nici Lankfer then netted from a penalty corner to give the visitors the lead, but with three minutes remaining, Duthie's defence-splitting pass set up Parke for Broadland's second.
Reepham held their nerve to win a high-scoring encounter at lowly Pelicans III.
Sarah Louden and Dawn Fisher were on target for Reepham as they led 2-1 at half-time. The same two players netted again after the break to extend the lead, but Pelicans narrowed the gap with a double strike to make it 4-3. Reepham made it safe when Jane Proctor's fierce effort found the net.
Harleston Magpies IV extended their lead at the top to 10 points with a 3-0 success at home to UEA II.
Roo Barker, Karen Absolon and Kay Dennis were Magpies' scorers, with all the goals coming in the first half.
Division Three leaders Diss maintained their four-point advantage with a 5-1 victory over Breckland II.
Toni Glover set the ball rolling for Diss and Lucy Kershaw doubled the lead from a short corner. Breckland pulled one back from a short corner of their own, before Glover netted twice more before the break to put Diss firmly in charge.
Breckland tightened up in the second half, but could not stop Glover adding her fourth.
Katie Webb fired two second half goals to give Harleston Magpies VI a 2-0 triumph at Norwich City V in Division Three.