Empresa Norfolk league: Holley’s hat-trick helps Broadland to emphatic victory at Harleston

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Broadland maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier Division season when they won 4-1 at Harleston Magpies IV.

Magpies took the lead in the third minute with a well worked move which was finished off by Catherine Bullen.

The Broadland midfield of Helen Brockington, Kerry Payne, Lydia Lawrence and Jade Bolton, unfazed by this setback, began to probe and penetrate the Harleston defence.

Broadland's Holley Becker missed a few opportunities but eventually found space with a deceptive turn to fire in an equaliser.

Becker then slipped past the last defender and struck a firm shot past the exposed keeper to put the visitors ahead.

Broadland stepped up a gear after the break and within five minutes Becker had completed her hat-trick as she once again waltzed past the last defender. The final goal came when Lawrence's strike from the narrowest of angles took a deflection and was propelled by the keeper's hand into the goal.

Broadland may be unbeaten but they remain six points behind leaders Dereham II, who maintained their 100pc record with a 5-1 win at Diss, who have now lost all eight of their matches since promotion.

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Loddon are second, a point ahead of Broadland, after beating Carrow 3-1.

Norwich City III and UEA II started on the same points and it was City who came out on top in an entertaining game by 4-3.

With an impressive high tempo and work rate, City had a storming first half, with two goals from player-of-the match Caroline Illing and the third from Liv Greenaway.

But UEA always looked dangerous and their fightback came in the second half. They pulled back two goals from short corners, only to be hit on the break with a fourth City goal, cooly netted by Evie Wills. There was just time for UEA to steal one back before the end.

In the other top flight fixtures Dereham III and Harleston Magpies III drew 1-1 while Thetford had an excellent result, beating Norwich Dragons III 2-0 to record their first win of the season.

Evergreens remain four points clear at the top of Division One after beating visitors Carrow II 4-0. Nearest challengers Magpies V won 3-2 at Dereham IV.

Broadland II were far too strong for their hosts Magpies VI, winning 5-0.

Carolyn Duthie gave Broadland an early lead when her cross went in by the far post. With Broadland's midfield of Helen Harper, Kate Reynolds, Ellie Payne and Izzie London dominating, it was no surprise that Duthie scored a further two goals in the space of three minutes just after the break, to consolidate Broadland's lead.

Broadland's star player Harper pounced on a loose clearance to fire in her first goal for the club, before Duthie poached her fourth goal at the end of the game.

Norwich Dragons IV let a 2-0 lead slip from their grasp as they went down 3-2 at Pelicans II. Holly Bailey and Katie Buxton hit the target before it all started to go wrong for the visitors.

Reepham's late game at Watton II fell victim to the foggy weather at the halfway stage.

The teams went into the break level at 2-2 when the umpires, after consulting both captains, deemed the conditions to be too dangerous to continue.

UEA III and Norwich City IV continue to set the pace in Division Two with seven wins out of eight. The students beat Watton III 7-0 while City won 4-1 at third placed Dereham V with the goals being scored by Florence Duffield, Emma Richardson, Emily Rash and Sophie Wood. Norwich City V won 1-0 at Breckland, with Sharon Phillips scoring the only goal.

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