Dragons let it slip in the second half

WOMEN'S EAST LEAGUE: Norwich Dragons returned from their trip to King's Lynn empty handed after losing 3-1 to Pelicans in their latest Division 1N fixture.

Hoping to make up ground on second-placed Cambridge University, Dragons soaked up the pressure from Pelicans' attacks with ease early on. Good work from Laura Shreeve, Tash Blyth, Claire Baker and Hannah Hardy saw Dragons go close on a number of occasions and they went on to score the only goal of the first half.

Some excellent work by Shreeve saw her dink the ball over the flailing keeper to Claire Baker who was in the right place at the right time and scored with a simple tap-in.

In the second half Pelicans found the accuracy in their passing which was missing in the first half and scored three times.

Dragons' player of the match was goalkeeper Sam Jelliff.

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Performance of the day came from Harleston Magpies II, who returned from unbeaten leaders Wisbech with a 2-2 draw. Tania Pendreich gave Magpies the lead and Keira Booty netted a late equaliser after Wisbech had moved into a 2-1 lead.

Watton's good form continued as they recovered from the shock of conceding a goal when a dog ran on the pitch to beat Ipswich III 2-1, with goals from Eyles and Lorenzo.

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Division 2NE leaders Norwich City had a frustrating afternoon as Sprowston earned a well-deserved point from a 0-0 draw. City quickly gained the upper hand in midfield while Sprowston looked dangerous on the break and had one or two early chances.

The second half was all City, who tried every which way to break down the packed Sprowston defence, but they could find no way through. Esme Barber and Alex Rogers, who shared player of the match, created chances, but City came away disappointed not to have converted so much possession into goals.

As City pressed harder towards the end of the game, Sprowston used their substitutes well to keep the energy up, with man of the match Nic Cage outstanding.

There was another stalemate in the division as Norwich Dragons II were held by bottom side Haverhill.

In the first half Teresa Grant demonstrated some deft stick work while the movement of the ever-improving Izzie London and graft of Harriette Stone deserved a goal.

In the second half Dragons continued to press for a goal and Isabel Christophers nearly converted a drive from outside the circle. As the game drew to a close the tireless Mel Widdows linked with White and Wagstaff to create opportunities down the left but to no avail.

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