East Women’s League: Six-goal Pelicans open their account

Harleston Magpies 2nds are top of the East Women's League Division One North after a 3-0 win over Long Sutton.

It keeps their noses in front of Ipswich 2nds, who edged Watton 2-1. Wisbech dropped two points off the pace after being held 1-1 by St Ives.

Pelicans recorded their first win of the league season in some style, thrashing Ipswich 3rds 6-1.

They opened the scoring through Katy Warren only for Ipswich to equalise two minutes later.

But Pelicans continued taking the game to the oppostion, creating plenty of chances which resulted in further goals in the first half from Jane Proctor (two) and Alana Moore.

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The second half saw Pelicans add further goals from Moore and Sam Avey.

Lowestoft Ladies gained their first point in a 1-1 draw with Dereham.

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Yarmouth and Norwich Dragons both have 100pc records in Division 2NE after each secured 1-0 wins over Loddon and Panthers respectively.

Dragons struggled to find their early season good form and only just managed to maintain their unbeaten run against a very determined and relentless Panthers team.

Panthers dominated the first half and unsettled the Dragons, who found it difficult to get a foothold in the game.

There were few goalscoring opportunities and those Dragons did create were confidently cleared by the Panthers keeper.

After the break the Dragons began to find their rhythm, playing some attractive hockey, and enjoyed a greater slice of possession, leading to a number of penalty corners, one of which led to Laura Shreeve scoring the only goal of the game.

Dragons 2nds had things much more comfortable, thrashing Old Buckenham 2nds 9-0.

They quickly went two up through Hannah Hardy and Wilmott and scored another three before the interval. Player of the match Ruth Wilmott completed a first half hat-trick with Klara Moolman adding her first goal for the team.

The Dragons continued in the same vein in the second half with good work from Lucy Hopgood and Kerri White helping to create further goals for Klara Moolman, Wilmott, Laura Bailey (her first goal for the club) and Niamh Lowe-Davies (her first goal for the 2nds).

Norwich City are third after winning 5-1 in a feisty encounter with Broadland.

Although it was ultimately a comfortable win they were given a scare when Broadland equalised mid-way through the first half through Dani Parke following Emily Anthony's opener.

Leigh-Ann Worrall restored City's lead with seconds left before half time, after which City regained their composure and structure, and were hardly troubled defensively in the second half. Anthony added two further goals to her tally from short corners, but Worrall's sublime finish from an Anthony cross put the icing on the cake. Sophie Mullan was City's player of the match.

North Walsham also remain unbeaten after a 3-1 win over Ipswich-East Suffolk.

Sprowston Ladies are fifth after beating Framlingham Ladies 3-0 with an excellent all-round team performance.

They started brightly, moving the ball around well, and went ahead through Becky Cox, who was neatly sent clear by a superb through ball by Foung Chung.

They went further ahead when Marie Hood fired the ball into the corner with a fierce strike from the edge of the area.

And Sprowston topped off a fine performance to finish 3-0 when Hood took a quick free-hit herself, ran straight through into the area and scored her second of the game.

Sprowston's defence of player of the match Kari O'Brien, Vicky Hall, Lisa Trussell and Sarah Miller earned their first clean sheet of the season, after a solid performance, along with goalkeeper Sharon Weeks, who made a number of smart saves.

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