Dereham thrash close challengers

Dereham remain top of the East Women's League Division 1N - with the only remaining unbeaten record - after a stunning 4-0 victory over second-placed City of Peterborough.

Dereham remain top of the East Women's League Division 1N - with the only remaining unbeaten record - after a stunning 4-0 victory over second-placed City of Peterborough.

The visiting side narrowly avoided relegation last season and so have made good progress to be in the top half of the table. But they ran into a Dereham side blessed with a full squad of 13 for the first time this season - and keen to make an early impression.

Dereham did so when Evie Van Poortvliet hit a cracking reverse hit into the Boro backboard for a swift opener.

The second soon followed when a well-worked short corner routine set up Sam Skelton for a superb strike from the edge of the area.

In the second half Dereham maintained possession well before another short corner led to Donna Causton scoring. Another goal from a Causton short corner sealed the victory.

Watton came away empty handed from their East Division One visit to Bourne - losing by the odd goal in seven. Bourne took an early lead and held on until half-time. But Watton's efforts were rewarded when Charlie Paine put Lauren Eyles through for the equaliser.

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Bourne went 3-1 up shortly after before Watton scored again with another well-worked goal from the same duo. After Bourne had scored their fourth Watton player of the match Jemma Balls pulled another goal back with a superbly struck penalty corner.

In Division 2N, Old Buckenham suffered their first defeat of the season - 3-1 at home to to Norwich Union 2nds - and in the process lost pole position to March, who thrashed Lincoln 2nds 14-0.

Old Buckenham had several chances but Union finished better, Corrine Walker scoring the home team's only goal.