Empresa Norfolk Women’s League: Brockington’s double helps Broadland maintain momentum


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Broadland maintained their recent impressive Premier Division form with a 4-1 win over a Loddon side who only had 10 players.

The home side took the lead in the 22nd minute when a forceful run and hard shot from Helen Brockington cracked against the backboard. Another penetrating run, this time from Jade Bolton, and an equally powerful shot saw Broadland double their lead.

Loddon pulled a goal back through captain Elizabeth Skinner before the break but Broadland remained dominant and scored again after the break when leading scorer Dani Parke finished off a fine move. Loddon defender Sally Bircham had to be at her best, as did keeper Lauren Raven, to restrict Broadland to just one further goal fired in by Brockington at a penalty corner.

Norwich City III made high-flying visitors Harleston Magpies IV dig deep for their 4-2 win.

Harleston struck first with a deflection from the top of the circle. City's response was positive and they were rewarded with an equaliser when Emily Greenway connected with a sweet strike into the circle from player-of-the-match Alex Woods.

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The visitors took the lead again after half-time, through a penalty stroke, but it was then City's turn to score from the spot through Jennifer Stanghan. It was a short-lived respite for City though as Harleston took the lead through a well-struck goal from the edge of the circle and sealed the win from the penatly spot.

Norwich City II beat bottom side Pelicans II 4-1 (Abbie Ingham, Emily Francis, Hannah Jarvis, Evangeline Wills) while leaders Harleston Magpies III won 5-0 at Dereham III.

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Evergreens and Carrow drew 1-1 in a match between two sides near the foot of the table.

Greens pressed early on, with newcomer Mary Dye catching the eye.

But the visitors then got back into the match and were 1-0 up at the interval.

After half-time Evergreens picked themselves up and shots came in from Hannah Thompson, Sophie Dunger, Naomi Holl and Catherine Cooke. The equaliser came from a short corner. Holl took a shot which was saved and after a tussle in front of the goal the ball went in.

Division One leaders Norwich City IV recorded a convincing 5-1 win at Watton II.

Florence Duffield scored two of the goals while Holly Robinson, Ella Sharrock and Hannah Bush also hit the target.

Reepham's winning streak continued as they beat Carrow II 5-0 to go second in the league.

Just one goal separated the sides at half-time with Sarah Loudon firing in a cross from the right which Katie Lake nudged past the keeper.

Reepham picked up the pace more in the second half and were soon 3-0 up, with Loudon twice setting up player-of-the-match Harriet Lilwall.

Lake then made it four before completing her hat-trick.

Broadland II are struggling to find winning form and find themselves at the foot of the table after a 2-0 defeat at Lowestoft Railway, their fourth reverse in a row.

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