Becky's double has Panthers smiling

M+A PARTNERS NORFOLK LEAGUE: Loddon went marching on at the top of Premier Division as Panthers and Harleston Magpies III did their best to keep the pressure on. The leaders thrashed Norwich City II 8-0 to remain seven points clear at the top.

Loddon went marching on at the top of Premier Division as Panthers and Harleston Magpies III did their best to keep the pressure on.

The leaders thrashed Norwich City II 8-0 to remain seven points clear at the top.

Magpies beat Broadland 4-1 to keep in touch while Panthers saw off near neighbours Evergeens 2-0 to stay joint second.

Broadland's defence allowed Harleston's Holly Baker time and a clear sight of goal to fire the home side into the lead. Keira Booty put Harleston further ahead, sweeping in a misplaced strike at goal.

Broadland failed to dispatch numerous penalty corners and then paid the price as Lucy Chubbock found time and space in front of goal to claim Harleston's third.

Chubbock put the result beyond doubt with a poacher's finish before Lindsay Hyde scored a late consolation goal for Broadland with a well-connected penalty corner.

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Panthers started off a fast pace and a quick strike from Becky Amies gave her side a 1-0 half-time lead.

The second half saw some great hockey being played by Panthers. Becky Kett had some fine runs along the right side, only to be met by some fierce defending, but eventually Amies scored her second goal.

Beccles maintained their impressive run in Division One when they beat fellow high-flyers Reepham 3-2.

Beccles opened the scoring following an excellently taken penalty flick by Jodie Smith. They increased their lead when Annette Freeman found Jodie Smith, who swept the ball home.

Reepham immediately responded with a well taken goal from Katie Lake but Beccles restored their two goal advantage before the break through Max Gibbs. Beccles were put under pressure in the second half but they held firm until three minutes from the end when Dawn Fisher reduced the arrears. Reepham were left to reflect on a disallowed goal and a penalty appeal which was turned down.

Harleston Magpies IV's fine run came to an end when they were beaten 3-2 at Norwich Dragons III with Rhiann Earrye getting both Harleston goals.

After many seasons at Broadland central defender and star player Jenny Whiting scored her first goal as the club's second team lost 3-1 at Harleston V in Division Two.

North Walsham II came away from Evergreens II with a 1-0 victory as Carla Hall scored a second half winner.

Dereham IV beat Division Three leaders Lowestoft Railway 4-0, with Jackie Taylor and Fran Grapes scoring two goals apiece.

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