Evie’s double puts Dereham clear

Dereham moved seven points clear at top of the East Women's League Division One North after a 3-0 win at Braintree.In a game that was filled with cards and contentious decisions, Evie Van Poortvliet settled the visitors' nerves with a penalty flick just before the break.

Dereham moved seven points clear at top of the East Women's League Division One North after a 3-0 win at Braintree.

In a game that was filled with cards and contentious decisions, Evie Van Poortvliet settled the visitors' nerves with a penalty flick just before the break. Resilience and resolve saw Dereham tie up the game with a lovely individual break by Van Poortvliet to make it two, followed by a Holly Allen strike to round off the scoring.

Watton stormed back to winning ways with an excellent 2-0 win at City of Peterborough.

The visitors deservedly took the lead in the 24th minute when player of the match Melinda Vincent's inch-perfect pass found Charlie Paine, who calmly controlled the ball and slipped it past the goalkeeper.

Watton continued to play attractive hockey in the second half and doubled their lead in the 59th minute. Alex Glading battled well down the right and produced a fine cross, which was tucked away by Sammy Jeffery.

Elsewhere in the section, Norwich Union moved up to third following a thumping 8-2 victory at Lincoln while Harleston Magpies II and Lowestoft shared the spoils against Bourne and Ipswich and East Suffolk respectively.

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Old Buckenham are still top of Division Two North despite losing 3-2 at Long Sutton.

The hosts had moved into a 2-0 lead by the break and then hard work from defenders Kimberley Pigg and Karen Butters, plus some good saves by Donna Anderson, kept them at bay.

Corrine Walker managed to break through on two occasions to level the scores before one late burst from Long Sutton settled the game.

Old Buckenham now lead on goal difference from Norwich Union II, who hammered City of Peterborough II 6-0.

Norwich City beat March 2-1, with two goals from Rachel Reynolds.

In Division Two Central Yarmouth won 1-0 at bottom side Hadleigh to move into mid-table.