Gail force is a key factor for Panthers

NORFOLK WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Sheringham & Holt Panthers held on to top spot in the Premier Division with a hardfought 1-0 win at fellow high-flyers Norwich City II.

In an end-to-end first half, neither team was able to force a goal, but that changed after the break when the Panthers netted their winner. Youngster Polly Towning advanced down the right and crossed for Gail Rudd to fire home.

Despite some heavy City pressure, Panthers stood firm, with keeper Natalie Brooks making some important saves.

Newly-promoted duo Harleston Magpies IV and Pelicans II faced each other at Weybread, with Pelicans winning 4-2.

Pelicans took the lead with a counter-attack goal in the first half and after the break they took control with three more goals. Magpies were stung into action and Kay Dennis pulled one back before adding another following a solo run, but there was no time to launch a fightback.

Thetford slipped to a 4-0 home defeat against Harleston Magpies III despite a player of the match display from Leanne Smith.

Dereham III took an early lead at UEA, but could not hold their advantage as they came away with a 4-1 defeat.

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Immi Crooke put Dereham ahead against the run of play, but by half-time they were trailing 2-1 and UEA added two more in the second half.

Shirley McAllen's late winner gave Harleston Magpies V a 2-1 win at North Walsham II in Division One.

Magpies' player of the match Emily McCluskey opened the scoring from a penalty corner before Magpies pulled level, but McAllen grabbed the decisive goal as her shot looped off a defender's foot and into the net.

Reepham ended Norwich City III's 100pc record with a 1-0 win in a tight match.

The crucial goal came when Katie Lake combined with Lucy Cadge to score and City then had a goal disallowed as Reepham held on to take the points.

Broadland II's defence was well marshalled by Carolyn Duthie at Yarmouth II, but a moment of sloppiness at the back allowed the hosts to score the only goal of a dour game.

Sue Cross' strike earned Norwich Dragons III a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Sprowston, with Dragons midfielder Karen Knight taken to A&E with a suspected broken nose after receiving a blow to the face.

Diss crushed bottom of the table Pelicans III 10-0 to maintain their perfect record this season and move to the top of the table.

After last season's top scorer Toni Glover opened her account for the current campaign, Diss took complete control.

Glover went on to complete a first half hat-trick and a solo goal from Sam Howard saw Diss leading 4-0 at half-time.

Glover added two more in the second half, Tanya Chenery scored twice, Lucy Kershaw fired in an unstoppable shot and player of the match Howard completed the rout.

In Division Two, all the goals arrived late on as Norwich Dragons IV won 2-1 at Evergreens II.

Amy Brown's firmly struck short corner opened the scoring for the visitors, but Faye Vanson equalised for Evergreens. A six-player move produced the winning goal, scored by Niamh Lowe-Davies.

Teresa McInally scored twice and Jenny Voller was also on target in Norwich City IV's 3-0 win at Hornets.

In the Girls Development League, North Walsham beat Norwich Dragons 2-0 with goals from Kerenza Moffatt and captain Akayla Newton.

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