Dragons are quick out of blocks

WOMEN'S EAST LEAGUE: Four first half goals set Norwich Dragons on their way to a 6-2 win at Watton II which saw them remain in fourth place in Division One.

Clare Baker scored twice, including the goal of the match with an undercut shot off the crossbar, while the other goals came from Marie James (2), Natalie Beal and Hannah Hardy.

Wisbech remained six points clear at the top of the section after hammering bottom side Cambridge City II 8-0.

Norwich City put last week's defeat behind them to go four points clear at the top of Division 2NE with a 3-0 win at Dragons' second team.

Early goals from Sarah Shelley and Hannah Phillips set them on their way and with Amy Campbell creating chances in an impressive full first team debut it was only a matter of time before they struck again, Deb Painter getting the third.

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After a five-week gap Sprowston started surprisingly quickly and had second placed Carlton Park on the back foot early on.

One penalty corner followed another, with Park defending resolutely and Kerry Hamilton's effort disallowed for the high shot.

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Sprowston finally got their reward when a quickly taken free hit at the top of the circle was flashed across in front of the Park keeper for Laura Dewing to turn in at the far post.

Sprowston held the lead deep into the second half but the enforced break started to tell as the energy levels dropped.

Player of the match Sarah Miller proved invaluable with several goal saving tackles before Park netted a late equaliser. Dereham II are third after a comfortable 3-0 home win over Loddon.

It wasn't all one-way traffic as keeper Louise Kay made a string of impressive saves in a scoreless first half and then injuries robbed them of Rachel Cramp and Hannah Tarry. But once Becky Loveday had put them in front there was no way back for Loddon as Dereham added further goals from captain Verity Thorpe and Loveday again.

North Walsham beat Christchurch 6-2 with goals from Sue Gardiner, Ellen Vanlint (2), Hannah Catling, Hannah Wait and Lucy Spencer.

Lowestoft won 1-0 at West Herts to stay fourth in the Premier Division.

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