Gardiner pounces to settle thriller

North Walsham inflicted a first defeat of the season on Sprowston to join them at the top of the Martin and Acock League Premier Division.The match was a seven-goal thriller, with Walsham edging home 4-3 thanks to a last-gasp strike from Sue Gardiner.

North Walsham inflicted a first defeat of the season on Sprowston to join them at the top of the Martin and Acock League Premier Division.

The match was a seven-goal thriller, with Walsham edging home 4-3 thanks to a last-gasp strike from Sue Gardiner.

The hosts started brightly and moved ahead when Charlotte Else set up Ellen Vanlint.

The same player then made it 2-0, but Sprowston came out fighting hard in the second period and scored twice in quick succession through Fong Chung and Carolyn Fildes.

Marie Hood appeared to have won the game when she surged through to make it 3-2 but Sprowston tired towards the end and Shauna McDougall levelled things up before Gardiner converted a well rehearsed short corner routine.

Evergreens travelled to Sheringham to play fourth-placed Briston and came away with a 1-1 draw.

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The game quickly developed into an end-to-end affair, with Briston taking the lead through Tracy Toyn following a short corner.

Kim Love then went close to making it 2-0 before Evergreens equalised midway through the second half when Tasha Bates converted a cross from Lisa Murfitt.

Reepham came away from Broadland with three points but had to work hard to keep their first-half lead.

Reepham dominated the opening period, with keeper Carina Carter not even having a touch.

Katie Lake opened the scoring with a hard, low hit into the back of the net. Then Yvonne Seago's shot was deflected goalwards by a Broadland defender, leaving the keeper with no chance.

Reepham should have cruised the second half, but Broadland had other ideas and took control of the game. Carre Mills scored late on to give Broadland hope but in spite of a late rally they could not find a way through for the equaliser.

Norwich City II are still bottom but they finally got off the mark with a 2-1 home win over Harleston Magpies Colts A.

The breakthrough came when Bev Cushion converted from a goalmouth scramble following good work by Connie Boddy and Catherine Cook.

Magpies levelled with 15 minutes left but City regained the lead when Becky Amies converted from a penalty corner.

Beccles drew 2-2 with Watton Colts in Division One. Goals from Carol Maycock and Laura Ashworth had put Beccles two up but their opponents hit back for a point.

Pelicans Colts moved to the top of Division Two courtesy of a 4-2 win at Old Buckenham II. Ella Picton netted the pick of the goals and added a second, with Charlotte Redhead and Kit Rees also on the scoresheet.

Old Buckenham's scorers were Liz Shaw and Sarah Wood while Susan Lansdell was player of the match.

Thetford went down 6-4 at Evergreens II (Dawn Heavey 3, Karen Spiller).

In Division Three Broadland II were far too strong for Norwich Union IV, winning 8-1. Nikki Baker led the way with four goals while Becky Ross, Carolyn Duthie, Rachel Aldous and Emma Grovenor were also on target.