City rise to third as Horsley hits double
NORFOLK WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Norwich City II jumped up to third in the Premier Division with a convincing 4-0 win at Thetford on Saturday.
The game was delayed while the frosty pitch was made playable and when the action got underway, City forced a string of penalty corners, but were unable to open the scoring.
City forged ahead in the second half when Anna Horsley got to the byline and crossed for Sarah Shelly to sweep home.
Ellie Brine then pounced on a rebound and fed Caroline Illing to add City's second.
From another penalty corner, Illing injected the ball to Maddie Taylor and she slipped a pass to Horsley, whose sweet strike found the net.
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The fourth goal followed, also from a penalty corner, as Taylor's strike was deflected in by Illing.
Division One leaders Diss were left stunned by a Broadland II fightback in a 4-2 home defeat.
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Broadland, struggling near the foot of the table, more than matched their hosts in the first half, but Diss finally found their stride as the prolific Toni Glover beat two defenders and fired home an unstoppable shot from a tight angle before half-time.
Broadland were denied an equaliser when a penalty corner strike was deemed too high and Diss went further ahead when Glover bagged her second of the game.
Diss then lost Sam Howard to a hand injury and immediately Broadland pulled one back through Hollie Becker.
Becker scored a second and further strikes from Carolyn Duthie – her first of the season – and Nikki Baker completed a remarkable turnaround.
Harleston Magpies V, in third, moved to within two points of Diss after their 3-1 win at home to Sprowston.
Magpies went two goals ahead in the first half and added a third after the break. Sprowston got one back near the end when left wing Liz Hollis netted following a pass from Tamsin Butcher.
Second-placed Norwich City III had to settle for a 1-1 draw at bottom side Yarmouth II.
City struggled to break down a resolute Yarmouth backline as the first half remained goalless. Yarmouth then took the lead in the second period, before Jess Harris levelled matters midway through the half.
A late City effort was scrambled off the line as the battling hosts held on for a point.
Norwich Dragons III gained revenge for their defeat at Reepham earlier in the season by winning Saturday's reverse fixture 1-0.
The decisive strike came in the first half when Tash Blythe played the ball in from the right and after a melee, Amelia Dawson pressured a defender into lifting the ball into her own net.
Reepham pushed hard for an equaliser after the break but the Dragons defence held firm to claim the points.
In Division Two, Norwich Dragons IV and Norwich City VI shared the honours in a 1-1 draw.
Dragons went ahead when Amy Brown went on a run and found Lois McGregor, who slipped the ball through for Bex Blyth to score.
City launched an onslaught in search of the equaliser, but were repeatedly denied by Dragons keeper Giselle Nieuwoudt. Eventually, however, the pressure told as Robyn Ketteringham struck from a short corner to earn City a point.
City's fourth team were denied victory against leaders Herlings by a late equaliser.
Teresa McInally fired City ahead from a short corner, but Herlings equalised straight away.
Maria Andrews restored City's advantage following a penalty corner, but with less than two minutes remaining, Herlings squeezed in an equaliser.