East Women’s League: Norwich Dragons give champions Lincoln a scare
Norwich Dragons were unable to end the perfect record of runaway Division 1N champions Lincoln, but gave one of their best performances of the season while going down 3-1.
Captain Lizzie Moulton was exceptional in the centre of defence, making some vital challenges.
It was not until late in the first half that Lincoln reacted quickly to a free hit and finished clinically to take a one goal advantage into the half-time break.
Dragons started the second half brightly, forcing a number of short corners, one of which was expertly converted by a great strike by Gail Thomas, which Laura Shreeve deflected into the goal.
A lack of concentration meant Lincoln quickly took the lead again, following some skilful play outside the D and they went on to add a late third.
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There were notable performances from Shreeve, who worked tirelessly up front, player of the match Moulton, who despite a shoulder injury, was majestic in defence, Sam Jelliff, making some important saves and the whole team for a disciplined and hard working display.
Pelicans continue to hold on to second place after a 4-2 win at Shefford & Sandy.
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In Division 2NE Sprowston beat Ipswich & East Suffolk 1-0 with the only goal coming early in the game. Sprowston passed the ball around well before Vicky Hall stepped out of defence to pick out Amy Butler, who ran clear to score.
Sprowston continued to press and produced multiple short corners and even a penalty flick.
But the Ipswich keeper was having an outstanding game and saved everything Sprowston could throw at her.
The win keeps Sprowston on track for second place and promotion.
Yarmouth and Broadland drew 1-1 in a game in which goal scoring opportunities for both sides were at a premium.
Yarmouth took an early lead when Alexis Williamson converted the first corner of the game and they continued to press.
Broadland's defence held firm, however, and managed with good team play to work the Yarmouth rearguard to create an opportunity for an equaliser, which came when Martina Rothe, on the left, hooked the ball into the centre. Although the ball fell behind Tracey Buxton, a swift turn brought Broadland's top scorer into position to power the ball into the Yarmouth net for the equaliser.
Harleston Magpies II underlined the extent of their domination of this division when they travelled to their closest challengers, Ipswich III, and romped to a 5-2 victory.
Their 20th win in 21 games extended their unassailable lead to 16 points.
North Walsham won 1-0 at Norwich Dragons while bottom club Dereham II drew 0-0 at home to the team immediately above them, Christchurch.