Empresa Norfolk league: Carrow’s season up and running after double from Lee

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Carrow Ladies finally got their season up and running in the Premier Division of the Empresa Norfolk League with a 3-1 victory over Harleston Magpies IV.

Striker Jo Lee scored from a short corner to put the home team ahead at half-time.

In the second half Becky Cox netted a fine through ball from player-of-the match Julie Chappell and minutes later Lee scored again from a wide angle after a fine solo run. Magpies scored a consolation goal in the last five minutes as Carrow saw the game out to record their first win of the campaign.

Dereham Ladies II went marching on at the top and are now five points clear after reeling off a seventh successive victory, but a 4-1 scoreline against Norwich City III flattered them a little,

Dereham took the lead after 30 seconds but City regrouped and were rewarded with an equaliser from Olivia Greenaway.


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The second half saw Dereham assert more authority and stretch City. They took the lead shortly after the break and followed up with a third. But City rallied again, and had chances of their own, with the final Dereham goal coming on the final whistle.

Loddon remain second after being held to a 3-3 draw by Dereham's third team but they are now just a point ahead of Broadland, who maintained their unbeaten start to the season when they beat UEA II 3-1.The students took the lead in the first half when a double deflection took the ball past Emma Rowley

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But Broadland set about putting matters right in the early minutes of the second half as they forced a number of penalty corners, one of which was converted from close range by Helen Brockington to level the scores.

A UEA foot on the line, and an assured penalty stroke from Rachel Aldous, confirmed Broadland's increasing stranglehold on the game and Lydia Lawrence, unmarked at the far post, popped in a third.

Norwich Dragons III were too good for Diss, winning 5-0. They never looked back from the moment Deb Smith set up Caroline Wolfe for the opener and were 3-0 up at the break, with Holly Bailey and Amelia Dawson adding their names to the scorehseet.

Dragons retained control in the second half, with Smith getting in on the act and Dawson converting a penalty flick to complete the scoring.

Reepham were too strong for Broadland II in Division One, winning 5-1. Broadland's Nikki Baker had pulled a goal back just before the break with a well struck penalty corner to raise their hopes but it was the visitors who prevailed.

Reepham went into the game in a sombre mood following the passing of Angela (Titch) Chipperfield, who in her time had been a founder member/player, umpire and finally president of the club. Both clubs observed a minute's silence before the game, which was decided by goals from Alice Buxton (3) and Kaite Lake (2).

Norwich Dragons IV and Lowestoft Railway had to settle for a point apiece as their Division One encounter finished goalless. Laura Tuck made some fine saves for the Dragons, while Kate McKenna and Mel Widdows had efforts well blocked after the break.

Evergreens continue to lead the way with 19 points from a possible 21 after beating Dereham IV 6-0. Charlotte Hallgreen scored twice for Greens while Katie Sammici, Kathryn Gordon, Poppy Richings and Catherine Cooke also netted.

Division Two leaders Dereham V suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 4-1 at Evergreens II.

They have now been joined at the top by UEA III, 4-0 winners at Breckland, and Norwich City IV who had a walk-over against Pelicans III. Norwich City V beat Herlings 1-0, with Grace Bridger getting the only goal of the game.

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