Broadland hit goal trail in opener

M&A PARTNERS NORFOLK LEAGUE: Broadland stormed the Norwich City II rearguard from the first whistle to the last, winning 10-0 to make a flying start to their Premier Division campaign.

Lydia Lawrence resumed the scoring for Broadland as panic spread through the home team's defence in the 22nd minute. Buxton extended Broadland's lead with a cool finish and completed a first half hat-trick minutes later. Lydia Lawrence then snapped up a simple opportunity to give Broadland a seven goal advantage at the break.

City came out strongly in the second period only for Buxton to fire under the keeper for her fourth of the game before Carre Mills hammered home. A deflected Helen Brockington effort completed the scoring.

Beccles made an excellent start to life back in the top flight as they won 3-1 at Dereham III.

A fantastic team effort produced some excellent defending, two cracking goals from Annette Freeman and another from Debbie Mann.


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Beccles went ahead after just four minutes when Ali Foreman weaved her way through the opposition, before passing the ball to Freeman to slam the ball home. They increased their lead when Mann deflected the ball past the oncoming keeper. Within a couple of minutes Dereham pulled one back from a Jackie Taylor penalty corner.

Dereham came out strongly in the second half but they could not break through and the final goal of the game came 21 minutes into the second half when Claire Gammon sent a precise ball up the field for Freeman to collect and crack home.

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Dereham began this season with an even younger squad than the one that impressively stayed up last year.

Along with a new manager, Jackie Taylor, and a new coach, Dave Leverett, came youngsters Hannah Barnard, Hannah Bebbington, Sam Coleman, Fran Leverett, Becky Shepherd and Becky Smith-Ames.

In other top flight games Panthers beat Watton II 2-0 and Evergreens beat Harleston Magpies III 3-1.

Broadland II won 2-0 at Norwich City II in Division One, with Danni Parke getting both the goals.

In the same section hosts Reepham shared the spoils with Norwich Dragons III, drawing 1-1.

In a evenly contested game Dragons converted a penalty flick to open the scoring. Reepham stuck at their game and equalised just before the break through captain Katie Lake.

In the Harleston Magpies derby the fourth team beat the fifth team 2-0, with Rosie Barker scoring twice to settle it.

In Division Two Toni Glover had a debut to remember for Diss, scoring a hat-trick in their 3-0 victory over North Walsham II. Goalkeeper Lisa Cave and defender Emily Corner also impressed in their first appearances.

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