Empresa Norfolk Women’s League: Boost for Norwich City III as youngsters rise to challenge

Action for the Empresa Norfolk League clash between Evergreens and Broadland II, which the Greens wo

Action for the Empresa Norfolk League clash between Evergreens and Broadland II, which the Greens won 4-0. Picture: Ronnie Heyhoe - Credit: Archant

Norwich City III's fine run of form in the Premier Division continued with a 3-1 victory at Dereham III.

In a high tempo match which saw both midfields stretched and both defences tested it was the young guns who showed their mettle for City. Newcomer Emily Rash injected some excitement with her pace and player-of-the-match Alice Beckett hardly put a foot wrong all game.

City's attack looked dangerous from the word go and finally produced a goal through Sophie Harrad.

After the break, Dereham had a run of strong play which saw them equalise and come close to taking the lead. But City re-kindled their first half sense of purpose with a fine attack down the right to the baseline. An inch-perfect pass found Caroline Illing who calmly slipped to Leo Wills to convert at the post.

Dereham threw everything forward but City kept their discipline and sealed the win with a third just seconds from the end – a well deserved put-in by Rash following a short corner.

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It was a case of as you were at the top of the table with Dereham II retaining a three point lead over Broadland with a game in hand after winning 2-0 at Carrow.

Broadland won 4-1 at a Loddon side who dug in bravely with just nine players.

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It wasn't until midway through the first half that Broadland turned their numerical advantage into a goal when Lydia Lawrence pounced on a penalty corner rebound. Within a few minutes however, Loddon were back in the game with a breakaway attack and a neat and well struck goal from Kate Hartland.

After the break Broadland came out with more purpose and greater determination and with Loddon beginning to run out of steam, started to turn chances into goals.

Broadland's star player Laura Parker made some telling runs as did her midfield partner Helen Brockington. The result was three more goals, with two penalty corners from Becky Savory, one a power shot and the other a well placed ball that beat the keeper all ends up.

In the closing moments Broadland ran the whole length of the field with some swift interchanging to set up Holly Becker who converted a well placed pass to score her side's fourth.

Harleston Magpies III remain third after a 5-1 win at Norwich Dragons III while Magpies' fourths won by the same margin at Thetford.

In Division One Evergreens outplayed visitors Broadland II to go marching on at the top of the table.

Broadland were never in the match and were outplayed by the home side's 10 players to such an extent that they failed to get one shot on target throughout the game. Scorers for Evergeens in a 4-0 win were Polly Richings with a hat-trick and Naomi Holl.

There was a further boost for Greens when closest rivals Harleston Magpies V were beaten 2-0 at home by Norwich Dragons IV to slip five points off the pace.

Player-of-the-match Louise Davis opened the scoring in the first half and the points were secured after the break when Kate McKenna converted a loose ball after Holly Bailey and Sue Cross had both been denied.

Norwich City IV beat Norwich Dragons V 2-0 in Division Two in a match where both teams played well. Holly Robinson got both the goals.

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