East Women’s Hockey League: Pelicans up to second in Division One North

Pelicans climbed up to second place in Division One North with a 5-1 win at home to St Ives.

Goals from Charlie Redhead, Frankie Hall, Ella Picton and Kath Johnson (2) gave the hosts victory.

Norwich City dropped to the bottom of the table after a 2-2 draw at Bury St Edmunds.

Emily Anthony scored for City to cancel out an early Bury goal, but the hosts led 2-1 at the break. City's hard work in the second half eventually paid off when Anthony grabbed an equaliser 10 minutes from time.

In the Premier Division, Dereham ended a run of three consecutive defeats with a 4-2 win at Ipswich II.


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Division 2NE leaders Harleston Magpies II lost their 100pc record this season as they lost 1-0 at home to Ipswich & East Suffolk.

Magpies started well, with chances falling to Krystal Bishop and Anouska Hipperson. The visitors proved hard to break down, however, and towards the end of the first half they made a rare foray upfield and scored from a short corner.

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As tensions rose in ther second half, an Ipswich player received a green card. In the last few minutes of the game, Magpies won two short corners but they were unable to convert either as the visitors' keeper produced an inspired display.

Despite suffering their first defeat, Magpies remain 16 points clear after second-placed Sprowston also lost, 4-2 at North Walsham.

The hosts opened the scoring with a well-taken goal from Ellen Vanlint early in the first half. Sprowston responded and equalised soon afterwards.

Walsham restored their lead when another slick corner routine was finished by Hannah Catling.

Sprowston again drew level in the second half from a short corner before Lucy Spencer put Walsham back in front and the same player scored her second to make the points safe.

Broadland recorded a 4-0 win at Old Buckenham.

Tracey Buxton put the visitors ahead in the first half and a double strike after the break from Dani Parke strengthened Broadland's grip on the game. Buxton sealed the win for Broadland with her second of the game.

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