Evergreens set up a title showdown

Evergreens are gearing themselves up for a potential title showdown after recording a narrow 1-0 victory over North Walsham in the Premier Division of the Martin and Acock League.

Evergreens are gearing themselves up for a potential title showdown after recording a narrow 1-0 victory over North Walsham in the Premier Division of the Martin and Acock League.

While they were taking maximum points, leaders Norwich Union II were going down 4-3 at home to Broadland.

Union must now travel to Gresham's School to face Greens on Saturday with a slender one point advantage for what should a tremendous match.

Greens broke the deadlock after the break through Gordon after she was put through on goal by Murfit. This was throroughly deserved and proved to be the only goal of the game.

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Norwich Union were given a reality check by battling Broadland, who faced the spectre of relegation before the game.

Union hurried into a two goal lead as Broadland reorganised following the late arrival of two players. Helen Brockington fired in to raise Broadland's spirits and Kari O'Brien equalised when her penalty corner was deflected in. Union struck again to hold the advantage at the break.

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It was Broadland who then gained the initiative as Tracy Buxton beat the Union defence with pace, rounded the keeper and scored from the narrowest of angles. With the game finely balanced a free-hit from the right saw Carrie Mills steal in behind the Union defence to fire home an unstoppable Broadland winner.

Sprowston kept their slim title hopes alive by moving to within three points of the leaders with a somewhat flattering 4-1 win at Norwich City II.

In the first half, Sprowston scored twice in quick succession, from a short corner converted by Paula Kent and a quick free-hit finished by Kerry Hamilton.

Sprowston netted a third from a fast break finished by Fong Chung and rounded off their scoring when a short corner was forced home by Carolyn Fildes.

Mel Young then set up Lynn Suckling to give City a well deserved consolation goal.

Watton II produced by far their best hockey of the season to secure an impressive 3-0 victory over Briston and boost their chances of avoiding the drop.

Jo Yates made the breakthrough after some good work on the backline. Sally Rose then made it 2-0 before Jemma Balls converted a late short corner.

Tammy Radley volunteered to go in goal for Briston despite never having played there before and did a good job.

With Norwich Union III losing 4-0 at UEA II Reepham secured the Division One title despite losing 5-3 at North Walsham II. Although it was not quite the finish Reepham wanted after an excellent season they knew they had worked extremely hard and fully deserved their trophy. Their goals were scored by Michelle Lain and Jane Proctor (2).

Sprowston II beat Old Buckenham II 4-1 in Division 2 with goals from Lan Whittle (2) and Fong Chung (2).

Evergreens II made the long journey to Harleston V and came away with a 1-1 draw. Young keeper Louise Creed made several good stops before Magpies took the lead. Evergreens got their equaliser before the break when a shot from Trudi Moulton from a short corner was deflected in.

Pelicans Colts remain top of Division 3 after winning 7-2 at Lowestoft II. Goal scorers for Pelicans were Rachel Drohan (4), Julie Stewart, Ella Picton and Susanna Lemon.

Loddon II kept up their push for promotion with 2-0 win over Dereham Colts (Bridget Le Good, Toni Glover).

Broadland II drew 1-1 at Yarmouth III. Broadland's inexperienced side scored early on as Laura Cannon fired a cross from Danni Parke in by the far post.

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