Best performance of the season gets its reward
M+A PARTNERS NORFOLK LEAGUE: Thetford turned in their best performance of the season to record a 3-1 home victory over Evergreens in the Premier League.
Karen Hodgkinson scored the first goal from a rebound to convert a short corner and then Dawn Heavey cut inside and smacked the ball into the corner to make it 2-0.
Leanne Smith made some exceptional saves in the second half before Sarah Nichol passed to Heavey, who beat her defender to power the ball past the goalkeeper. Evergreens pulled one back but it didn't take the gloss off a good day for Thetford.
Another side in the lower reaches of the table, Dereham III, also tasted success when they beat Harleston Magpies III 1-0.
Dereham were disappointed to go in at the break with the score still at 0-0 but their determination to win saw the game open out and they got the breakthrough with 15 minutes to play when super sub Jackie Taylor came on at centre forward to put a sweetly-struck shot past the Magpies keeper from the narrowest of angles.
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Broadland moved seven points clear at the top after beating Watton II 4-0. They went ahead early as Tracey Buxton drew the backline before her pinpoint pass was swept into the net by Kelly Duthie.
Buxton doubled Broadland's lead in the third minute and bounced another goal in off the far post four minutes later. Numerous penalty corners ensued for Broadland, but with their usual routine disrupted through injury, it took a well-struck shot from Helen Brockington to eventually deceive the keeper.
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Watton survived a penalty stroke, in the second period, their keeper making a great save.
Sheringham and Holt Panthers lost ground on the leaders when they were beaten 2-0 at Norwich City II, Georgie Kidner and Amy Campbell on target.
Gemma Rolfe was outstanding for the Panthers after being asked to play in the left side of defence for the first time due to the shortage of defenders available. Tracy Toyn stepped in between the posts when the Panthers' keeper was yellow carded and was beaten twice.
Division One leaders Harleston Magpies IV were too strong for Norwich Dragons III, winning 6-0.
The Dragons' defence battled constantly throughout the match, with Laura Sutton and Jenni Martin, player of the match, impressing.
Laura Schultheiss (2), Karen Absolon (2), Rachel Peters and Kay Dennis were the scorers in an awesome Magpies display.
Diss won 3-0 at UEA III to remain a point clear in Division Two. Sam Howard's first goal of the season set them on their way and she doubled her tally before Hayley Peverly completed the scoring.
Broadland II beat UEA II 2-1 with substitute Lydia Lawrence deflecting Danni Parke's shot to open the scoring and fellow replacement Rachel Aldous getting the other goal. Laura Parry pulled a goal back for UEA with three minutes to go.
In Division Three Norwich City V made it two wins in a row when they beat Herlings 4-3 (Jenny Brine, Jess Harris 2, Carol McNarry) while Magpies VI drew 2-2 with Herlings (Katie Webb, Vanessa Vigrass).