Champions Broadland show no signs of letting up
M+A PARTNERS NORFOLK LEAGUE: Premier Division champions Broadland extended their unbeaten run, winning 3-1 at a youthful Harleston Magpies III side.
Broadland went behind when a Magpies' attack down their right, saw a strong centre deflected home.
Helen Brockington restored parity, forcing the ball under the home keeper's body for a well-deserved equaliser.
With the game finely balanced at half-time, Broadland took the lead within minutes when Tracey Buxton swept home from close range.
A determined Magpies side never gave up but it was Broadland who completed the scoring near the end when Buxton scored with a skilful reverse stick shot.
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Evergreens and Dereham III shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
A few minutes before the interval Dereham went ahead when winger Emma Allsop crossed for Jackie Taylor to convert.
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Evergreens equalised midway through the second half, when ex-Dereham player Jess Shand reacted first to a saved short corner strike by coolly slotting home the rebound.
Shand found the net again, only for the effort to be disallowed as it was deemed to have been struck from outside the circle. Keeper Su Hoogendyk then made some incredible saves to keep the score level, with the draw a fair result.
Sheringham and Holt Panthers Ladies travelled to face Beccles knowing that a win would secure them a best-ever second position – and duly came away with a 5-1 success.
Panthers were soon one up with a goal from Helen Morter following a penalty corner routine. Their lead was doubled when Georgina Stannett put in a cross for Gail Rudd to slot home.
Beccles reduced the arrears with an own goal and had a penalty flick saved by Natalie Brooks before Rudd scored again with an unstoppable strike from a penalty corner. The fourth Panthers' goal before half-time was an excellent one from Zoe Gotts and Rudd completed her hat-trick after the break with another goal from a penalty corner.
Youngster Hattie Hobart had an excellent game on the left wing.
In another top flight match Norwich City II beat Thetford 3-0, thanks to Emily Anthony's hat-trick.
Division One champions Harleston Magpies IV went marching on, beating Pelicans III 5-2 with Kay Dennis scoring four of the goals and Laura Schultheiss also on target.
Reepham got back to winning ways with a convincing 5-1 win over UEA II.
They opened the scoring through Sarah Loudon and with Dawn Fisher working hard up front to create chances Katie Lake added a second. In the second half UEA came into the game more but Reepham made the most of their breaks, with Lake executing three brilliant finishes.
After winning the Division Two title last week, Diss beat a Loddon II team trying to avoid relegation 5-0. The hosts never looked in trouble, with keeper Lisa Cave never getting a touch.
Their scorers were Tony Glover (3) and Lucy Kershaw (2), with Kershaw's second the team's goal of the season so far.
Norwich City IV won 6-1 at Harleston Magpies VI in Division Three, with Jess Harris scoring five.