Broadland win again – but still lose leadership

Catherine Brewster on the ball for Broadland, backed up by star player Natasha Blyth, during Saturd

Catherine Brewster on the ball for Broadland, backed up by star player Natasha Blyth, during Saturday's match against Norwich City III. Picture: Sam Brewster - Credit: Archant

Premier Division leaders Broadland won again on Saturday – but were still toppled from the summit by rivals Norwich City II.

A desperately tight title race took a new twist when Broadland's 3-1 victory over City's thirds was more than matched by the side level on points with them.

City II thrashed visitors Loddon 5-0 and with just two games left to play went top of the table on goals scored, with both sides having an identical goal difference.

Broadland took the lead in their game when star player Natasha Blyth picked out the run of Lydia Lawrence who gleefully slammed the ball home.

Broadland started the second half how they finished the first and grabbed a second in spectacular fashion when Georgie Stannett's cross was intercepted by Dani Parke, who volleyed the ball into the roof of the net.

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City III pulled a goal back through Jennifer le Mesurier but a few minutes later gifted Broadland a third goal with a poor free-hit which was intercepted by Helen Brockington, who fired the ball home.

Millie Brown and Rosie Humphrey both scored twice in City II's comfortable victory while Kate Hartland was also on target.

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Norwich Dragons III made absolutely sure of finishing third with a goalless draw against Evergreens while the club's fourths won 4-0 at Carrow in a basement battle (Catherine Longe 2, Helen Marsh, Harriet Green).

In the other top-flight games, Dereham III beat Harleston Magpies IV 3-2 and City IV drew 1-1 at UEA II (Emily Spencer).

It's also tight at the top of Division One with three sides level on 38 points after long-time leaders Lowestoft Railway lost again, 3-1 at home to UEA III.

Magpies V missed a chance to go clear when they lost 5-4 at Dereham IV while Dragons V moved up to second on goal difference courtesy of a 6-1 win at Reepham (Lucy Buxton 2, Amy Forse, Aditi Naik, Lynne Price, Vicki Earley).

Diss are two points further back following a 1-0 win over fellow promotion chasers Broadland II, with a late goal settling the issue. Broadland's star player was Lorna Cousins.

Broadland III won 6-0 at Dragons VII (Shaz Weeks 2, Carolyn Duthie, Dinky Topley, Kat Maddox, Jen Crawford).

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