East Women’s League: Lowestoft concern is eased by victory
Lowestoft moved clear of the bottom two in Division 1N after a 5-2 win at home to Pelicans.
Pelicans, with five players under the age of 16 in their side, fell behind early on, but equalised when good work from Jane Proctor released Kath Johnson to score with a smart reverse stick finish.
Lowestoft then took advantage of defensive lapses to score twice and go into the break 3-1 up.
The hosts scored twice more in the second half, before Proctor drove in a late penalty corner for Pelicans.
Harleston Magpies II remain five points clear at the top following their 5-0 victory at Cambridge Nomads.
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Lizzie Clymer, in her first game back for Magpies, linked up with Anouska Hipperson before netting the opening goal and then also added the second. Kira Wooltorton hammered home a short corner, with the aid of a deflection off a defender's stick, to make it three, with Hipperson deflecting in the fourth before half-time.
Nomads rallied briefly at the start of the second half, but Magpies scored their fifth through Hipperson.
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Dereham lost 1-0 at Bury St Edmunds.
After a goalless first half, Bury took the lead in the second period and although Dereham fought hard, they could not salvage a point.
In Division 2NE, Broadland wrapped up a 5-1 success at home to Framlingham.
The hosts took the lead when the Framlingham keeper diverted a cross from Kerry Payne into her own net and Broadland went further ahead when Lydia Lawrence swept home at the far post.
Carre Mills scored either side of half-time to put Broadland firmly on top and although Framlingham got one back from a penalty corner, Izzie London added the fifth goal for the home side.
Norwich Dragons replaced Great Yarmouth at the top of the table after beating their title rivals 1-0 with a last gasp winner.
Dragons launched wave after wave of attacks, but the Yarmouth defence resisted stoutly until the dying seconds of the match, when Sarah Borrett picked the ball up on the right and crossed for striker Clare Baker to beat the keeper.
Debutant Maddie Denman was awarded player of the match, with goalkeeper Freddie Briscoe, also making her first appearance, keeping a clean sheet.
Norwich City moved up to second after crushing Panthers 6-0.
City initially struggled to make their dominance count, but finally went ahead through Leigh Ann Worrall.
The same player added the second with a reverse stick deflection and Maddie Taylor grabbed the third. Worrall then completed her hat-trick as City led 4-0 at the break.
In the second half, further goals from Taylor and Worrall rubber-stamped City's superiority.