Brockington brace fires Broadland

M&A NORFOLK WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Broadland are early frontrunners in the Premier Division following their 3-0 win at Lowestoft Railway.

Helen Brockington played a starring role for Broadland and she scored twice as the visitors dominated the first half.

Railway upped their game at the start of the second period, but the Broadland defence stood firm and Lindsay Hyde despatched a penalty corner to complete the scoring.

Harleston Magpies III claimed their first win of the season, with a 3-0 victory at Beccles.

After an even start, Magpies went ahead with a well-taken reverse stick shot from Chrystal Bishop.

Beccles rallied in the second half, but Magpies moved further ahead through Lottie Nixon.

Magpies then wasted several short corner chances, but got the third goal courtesy of Lucy Crawford.

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Dereham II are still awaiting their first points of the season after a 3-0 defeat at Panthers.

The Dereham defence faced relentless pressure, with keeper Zoe Taylor making numerous saves, but Panthers inevitably went ahead on 25 minutes through Helen Morter after she had combined well with Zoe Gotts. Fran Leverett stopped another strike on the line and just before half-time Panthers added a second, Morter again on target.

Five minutes into the second half, Panthers scored again as Gail Rudd unleashed an unstoppable strike from a penalty corner. Dereham refused to be downhearted and were unfortunate not to get the goal their efforts deserved.

Thetford came from a goal down to cruise past Watton 6-2.

A short corner strike from Dawn Heavey cancelled out Watton's opening goal and the same player notched a second after a strong run from Sam Harvey.

A similar surge from Harvey made it 3-1 to Thetford at half-time. Watton pulled one back at the start of the second half, but Heavey completed her hat-trick to restore the two-goal cushion.

Leanne Smith and Harvey wrapped up the victory for Thetford.

Norwich City II grabbed a late equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw against Evergreens.

Oli Williams put City ahead but Evergreens hit back to take a 2-1 lead. Just as frustration was creeping in for City, Felicity Williams burst to the line and found Emily Anthony, who struck the equaliser.

In Division One, Broadland II's Danni Parke bagged a brace for the second week running to help her side win 2-1 at Reepham.

Parke's first half double put Broadland in command and although Katie Lake pulled one back for Reepham, the hosts were unable to find an equaliser.

Norwich Dragons III let a lead slip to lose 2-1 against UEA II.

Heidi Acteson gave Dragons an early advantage but the UEA scored twice before half-time and that was how it stayed.

Goals from Laura Schultheiss and Beth Alexander ensured a 2-0 win for Harleston Magpies IV against Norwich City III.

In Division Two, Diss and Lowestoft Railway fought out a 1-1 draw.

After a goalless first half, Tash Blakely gave Diss the lead, but Lowestoft pushed hard in the closing stages and drew level to earn a point.

Harleston Magpies VI suffered a 1-0 defeat to Hornets in Division Three.

Hornets dominated possession in the first half and although Magpies improved after the break, with Charlie Copsey outstanding, they were denied an equaliser.

Norwich City IV started with only nine players against Herlings and were 6-0 down at half-time. But with players arriving to play in the second half, City were up to full strength and did not concede again, with Polly Curtin netting a consolation strike.

Hannah Wait and captain Hayley Massingham scored for the North Walsham Development side as they beat Pelicans 2-1.

Rob Lee scored the only goal for the Dragwatts Development side in their 5-1 defeat to Norwich City.