City see off closest challengers to secure promotion
WOMEN'S EAST LEAGUE: Norwich City put in a champions' performance to secure a convincing 3-0 victory over nearest rivals Yarmouth, clinching the league title and promotion to Division One.
Any lingering doubts following the stuttering performance against North Walsham last week were banished as City walked on the pitch with confidence and conviction.
It took the first half to get the measure of the bumpy pitch and after the break, City tried the more direct approach, with Emily Anthony being rewarded for her running with the first goal. The second followed from captain Deb Painter – a sweet flick from a neat short corner. Keeper Nat Scurll pulled off a fine reaction save before the game was sealed with the final goal from Sarah Shelley.
In Division One Norwich Dragons were held to a 2-2 draw at lowly Ipswich III. The visitors took the lead from a break as Natalie Beal converted and made it 2-0 when Claire Baker and player of the match Beal combined well for the latter to score again.
But with minutes to go, the determined Ipswich team had their say, scoring two well executed short corners to level the match.
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Back in Division 2NE Sprowston came away from Dereham II with a hard-fought 1-0 victory.
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Laura Dewing and Nic Cage in the midfield kept Dereham on their toes with fast counter attacks as both teams missed chances.
In the final minute a fast break from Becky Cox resulted in a short corner. As the final whistle blew the whole Sprowston team crowded around the penalty area and the shot from the short corner was deflected across the goalmouth.
Amy Butler pushed the ball goalwards and Kerry Hamilton forced it across the line for the win.
Norwich Dragons II had a tough time at home to third placed Carlton Park, losing 6-1.
Dragons went 2-0 down before hitting back when Harriette Stone converted a slipped Becs Dungay penalty corner. Dragons then enjoyed a spell of good possession but were unable to score and Carlton Park netted twice more before the break.
Dragons started the second half confidently, Jenny De Polo continuing on from an excellent first half with the quality of her play, but eventually fatigue set in and the visitors scored a further two goals.