Empresa Norfolk League: Norwich up to second in top flight after hammering Carrow
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Norwich Dragons III strengthened their Premier Division title challenge with a 9-0 win over Carrow.
From the outset Dragons played with composure, holding their shape and moving the ball well across the pitch.
The first half saw three goals from Dragons, all from short corners as Debs Smith (two) and Issy Wolfe got the goals.
In the second half a long corner taken by Natasha Falzon to a waiting Natasha Blyth just outside the right of the D was expertly stepped in to the area and struck with great force, deflecting off of a Carrow defender and into the roof of the net.
Gaining in momentum and seizing every opportunity Dragons continued. Wolfe, taking a quick free hit from halfway, slipping it right to Katie McKenna who in turn moved the ball swiftly onto a waiting Sian Lawrie to get the fifth goal.
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Capitalising on another short corner opportunity a strike from Smith was pinched off the line by Wolfe making it 6-0, with a further three added late on.
Norwich City III earned bragging rights over the club's second team as they won 5-0. The third team took an early lead through Emily Greenway, and by half-time sister Olivia Greenway had scored another two to leave Norwich City II with a tough task to turn the game around.
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It looked as if City's second team would rise to the challenge, and they came out to put huge pressure on the home side.
Hannah Jarvis had chances and they were unlucky not to put away several chances. But as they threw players forward, City's thirds were quick to capitalise on the break with player of the match Emily Rash using her great speed and skill to score a further two to seal the game.
Broadland had a significant number of players unavailable and slipped to a 1-0 defeat against UEA I.
In Division One, Norwich Dragons IV enjoyed a 6-0 win over Carrow II. Dragons got off the mark through Sophie Wood after 15 minutes and Sue Cross doubled their lead after fine approach play by Megan Williams.
The third goal came quickly after the break as Anja Finegan swept home. Sophie Farrow also bagged a brace of her own whilst Cross also grabbed her second of the day to complete a comprehensive win.
Broadland II also hit six as they saw off UEA III 6-1.
After a somewhat shaky start Broadland got it together and prompted by some powerful free hits from the impressive Izzie London, Broadland's star player, took the lead when Kat Maddox pounced on a loose ball in front of the UEA keeper to give them the advantage.
Dani Parke, playing her second game of the day, fired in Broadland's second and third goals, both coming after lengthy runs by the midfielder.
Tamsin Highfield put Broadland further ahead converting a pull back by Anna Heinevetter and London got herself on the score-sheet just before the break with a powerful strike at a penalty corner. UEA came out in the second period to restore some pride to their game and looked the better team, pulling a goal back through Eloise Crockett.
Broadland, coasting to victory, scored their sixth and final goal through Callianne Clark late on.
In Division Two, Harleston Magpies VI fought out a 2-2 draw with Herlings.
Herling got their noses in front early on but Millie Scarborough-Taylor made it 1-1 the aid of a deflection. Alice Evans-Hendrick then put Magpies in front when she smashed the ball home after an excellent cross from Molly Warne.
Herlings rallied in the second half and despite Julie Davy making some fine runs they managed to equalise to ensure both sides got a share of the spoils.