Empresa Norfolk League: Becker double helps Broadland to comfortable victory

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Although Broadland dominated long periods of their Premier Division clash with Carrow it wasn't until after the break that they finally got their act together and pulled away to win 4-1.

Holley Becker put Broadland ahead with a skilful deflection after 23 minutes, but Carrow found an equaliser a minute from the break with a driving breakaway which ended up with a tap-in from Becky Cox.

Stung into action it took less than a minute after the restart for Broadland to regain the lead, the fleet-footed Becker firing past the exposed keeper for her second goal. Broadland continued to set the pace and it was no surprise when the hard-working Kerry Payne burst through to find the back of the net with an unstoppable strike. Within minutes Broadland sealed their victory with a fourth goal as leading scorer Becky Savory volleyed in a loose ball from 10 metres out.

Broadland remain unbeaten, with two wins and two draws to their name, but they are four points off top spot with Dereham II and Loddon both boasting 100pc records.

Dereham II continue to fly high at the top after winning 5-1 at Norwich Dragons III while Loddon saw off Harleston Magpies III 1-0 to maintain their excellent start.


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Harriet Green scored Dragons' goal against Dereham, which brought the score back to 1-1, but the vistors scored two more before the break and two more after it to wrap up the points. Green and Hazel Sumner were joint players-of-the match for Dragons for their tireless work.

Norwich City III notched up their first win of the season with a solid 3-1 success at newly promoted Diss.

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With two draws and a loss behind them – with some strong teamwork – City were due a win, and this one was an all-round team effort.

City took a while to settle but after a string of short corners the breakthrough came when a quick-thinking Sophie Harrad slipped the ball to Leo Wills on the post who finished with style.

Goal number two was a text-book team effort straight off the training ground as Emily Greenaway timed the ball perfectly to beat the Diss keeper.

After the break, Diss rallied and their pressure paid off with a well-deserved goal. But any hope of a turnaround was short-lived as City won a short corner which was stunningly converted by Evie Willis.

In Division One Broadland II beat Carrow II 2-0. A great run and shot by the experienced Carre Varley opened the scoring and Abi Dennison had a penalty stroke saved before Nikki Kent made it two.

Norwich Dragons IV beat North Norfolk II 4-0 with Mel Widdows opening the scoring and Sue Cross then netting a hat-trick.

Evergreens recorded an excellent 1-0 win at Harleston Magpies V. Su Hoogendyk in goal had a stormer of a first half, making some excellent saves, while the goal came at the start of the second half. Stacey Preston's precise ball found Chantelle Baker who took on numerous players and tucked it into the back corner.

Reepham won 3-0 at Harleston Magpies VI. Fabia Bazley, on her debut, seized on a loose ball to open the scoring. Katie Lake pounced on two fine passes from Harriet Lilwall and Alice Buxton to add to Reepham's tally. The win pushes Reepham up to sixth in the league.

In Division Three a single goal from newcomer Amanda Sabberton gave Norwich Dragons VI the win over Carrow III.

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