Empresa Norfolk League: Broadland come from 3-0 down to stun early pacesetters

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Loddon's Premier Division title aspirations took a knock when Broadland overcame a two goal half-time deficit to continue their unbeaten run with a 4-3 win.

Kate Hartland put Loddon ahead after six minutes and they doubled their lead on 12 with a goal from Elizabeth Skinner. A Broadland foot on the line then prevented a certain goal, but Hartland easily beat Lauren Halliwell with her penalty stroke. Loddon looked unassailable but it all changed just before the break when Broadland's Holley Becker picked up a ball off the keeper's pads to forced it across the line.

Broadland looked a totally different team in the second half and Lydia Lawrence got the final touch on a penalty corner strike from Helen Brockington and then levelled the score within minutes, hooking in a cross from Kerry Payne. Then, with less than five minutes remaining, Broadland's star player Brockington found the net, diving bravely to guide the ball home.

Dereham II are now clear at the top after maintaining their 100pc record by beating Carrow 3-0.

Norwich Dragons III always knew a trip to Harleston Magpies III would be tough and so it proved, with the home side winning 4-2.


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Magpies took the lead but Dragons were back on level terms at the break, with Geo Beckwith converting after good work from player of the match Laura Goodbun.

Magpies then scored twice more before Dragons reduced the arrears with a fine indvidual effort from Goodbun but it was the home side who had the final say.

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Norwich City III continued to show they can hold their own against some of the top sides in a competitive league by gaining a valuable 1-1 draw against Dereham III. It was not until the second half that City managed to get behind the Dereham defence with another great run from Milly Brown and Caroline Illing put away the awkward cross with great skill.

Dereham came back hard and their equaliser came from a short corner.

Carrow II had a resounding 7-1 over North Norfolk in Division One.

Carrow's centre forward Lan Whittle scored a hat-trick and midfielder Liz Hollis and left wing, and player of the match, Amy Lewis-Butler also netted two each.

Norwich Dragons IV beat Harleston Magpies V 1-0. The goal came in the second half, with Laura Parry producing an excellent finish after good work from Freya Clogan.

League title contenders Evergreens survived a second half onslaught against a determined Broadland II to win 2-1. Broadland played last season's leading scorer Carolyn Duthie at sweeper and looked quite solid for much of the game. But they conceded two goals early in the first half and in spite of pulling a goal back through Nikki Kent found the Evergreens' defence resolute.

Evergreens are top with 16 points from six games while Pelicans II remain second on goal difference after a 3-0 win at Magpies VI.

Reepham hosted Lowestoft Railway at Taverham after a run of away fixtures and won the game 2-1.

Wave after wave of attacks came into the Reepham goal area but the hosts remained resilient. The Lowestoft pressure eventually paid dividends as they opened the scoring but Reepham responded swiftly and a through ball was passed to captain Katie Lake to score the equaliser.

With 10 minutes to go another through ball found Alice Buxton in space to once more run at the Lowestoft defence. Her speed took her around defenders and into the goal area and a selfless lay-off found her partner Lake again to calmly slot home the winner.

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