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Norwich Dragons go five points clear after emphatic win

PUBLISHED: 09:24 21 November 2017

Jess Haw led the way with a hat-trick as Norwich Dragons III went marching on at the top of the Empresa League. Picture: Club

Jess Haw led the way with a hat-trick as Norwich Dragons III went marching on at the top of the Empresa League. Picture: Club

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Norwich Dragons III moved five points clear at the top of the Premier Division after turning in an dominant performance to see off UEA II 7-0 at The Den.

Jess Haw led the way with a hat-trick while Sam Franklin scored twice and Lauren Lawrie and Debs Smith were also on target.

With Broadland being held to a 1-1 draw by Dragons’ fourth team, Dereham III moved up to second courtesy of an impressive 4-0 win at early pacesetters Lowestoft Railway, who have slipped down to fifth after three comprehensive defeats.

Broadland scored a great team goal to take the lead, with Natalie Brooks firing in from the tightest of angles. Dragons raised their game and a foot on the line gave them a penalty stroke but Sarah Craig made a fine save.

Despite dominating the second period Broadland could not add to their score and Dragons came away with a point when another foot on the line led to a second penalty stroke which was converted by Sarah Wagstaff.

Norwich City’s two representatives in the top flight both picked up maximum points without conceding.

The thirds climbed to fourth position after edging past bottom side Harleston Magpies IV 1-0 (Olivia Greenway) while goals from Caroline Illing (2), player-of-the-match Ellie Hobden and Amelia Ellis-Baumber saw the fourths to a 4-0 success against Evergreens at Gresham’s School.

In the other Premier Division fixture Loddon won 2-1 at Dragons V, with Amy Forse on target for the hosts.

Broadland II went marching on at the top of Division One with a 2-1 win at Beccles.

The leaders conceded an early goal but maintained their composure and Izzie London’s powerful strike from close in levelled the scores. Both sides squandered opportunities in the second half but it was Broadland’s Nat Brooks who settled it late on with an unstoppable penalty corner strike. Amelia Anema, stepping up from thirds, had an outstanding debut.

The game at King’s Lynn between two high-flying sides ended all square, with Pelicans II and Carrow drawing 1-1.

In Division Two, Broadland III drew 2-2 with Breckland, London marking her second game of the day with two goals.

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