Dereham Ladies round off campaign by beating champions
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Dereham turned in their best display of the season in their final Division 1N game to win 2-1 at champions Cambridge City II.
With forwards Charlotte Taylor and Grace Cresswell causing all sort of problems for the hosts Dereham finally took the lead when Emma Symington prodded the ball home on her debut.
Georgie Edwards put the visitors further after the break and a spectacular reply was no more than a consolation. The win ensured a third placed finish for Dereham, seven points adrift of the promotion places.
Norwich Dragons still have a chance of finishing fourth in Premier A despite being held to 1-1 draw by Old Loughtonians in their final home game.
The hosts went behind after being caught on the break - but quickly worked their way back into the game. An excellent ball from Lou Murray resulted in a 16-yard hit-out and the ball fell to Liv Leary who fired home.
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The second half was largely a frustrating affair with Aoife Lowe Davies seeing an effort illegally cleared off the line before Holly Reding's penalty stroke was superbly saved. Dragons sit in fifth position but would move up to fourth if they won their final fixture at St Albans on Saturday.
Relegated Norwich City lost 3-0 at champions Bedford.
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Back in Division IN Harleston Magpies II ended up two points behind Dereham in fourth after winning 4-0 at St Ives, with the goals coming from Jess Howland, Lottie Summers, Anna Tighe and Alice Woollatt.
Norwich Dragons' second team beat Bury St Edmunds 4-0 at Culford, but it was not enough to prevent relegation. The visitors were deservedly ahead at half-time thanks to Hannah Hardy, and took control in the second half. Donna Vaughan made it 2-0 from a short corner before feeding Laura Ward to make it three, and Ward later made it 10 goals in six games to complete the scoring.
Lowestoft ended up level on points with Dragons, but out of the bottom four on goal difference, after a 3-1 defeat at St Ives,
Watton clinched the Division 2NE title on goal difference by winning their final game against Bury II 5-2 while UEA were being held to a 1-1 draw at Ipswich and East Suffolk. Both teams clinched promotion some time ago, finishing eight points clear of third placed Yarmouth.