Gotts and Rudd enjoy treble success for Panthers

M+A PARTNERS NORFOLK WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Broadland maintained their lead at the top of the Premier Division with a 2-0 win at Evergreens.

Tracey Buxton early effort was was pushed on to the bar by the glove of the Evergreens keeper before Helen Brockington gave Broadland the lead. Kelly Duthie set up Tracey Buxton for the second.

But Holt and Sheringham Panthers kept up the pressure with an 8-0 victory over Lowestoft Railway, thanks to goals from Zoe Gotts 3, Gail Rudd 3, Helen Morter and captain Rusty Mayes.

Dereham III continued to close the gap on the teams above them at the foot of the table with a fine 4-2 victory over Norwich City II, their third win in a row.

Jackie Taylor and Bex Hazel netted in the first half with Rebecca Taylor making it 3-0 before City hit back with two of their own. Nerves were eased when Kim Hazel score the fourth.

Thetford and Beccles are both only a point clear of Dereham after sharing a 2-2 draw. Dawn Heavey and Karen Hodgkinson scored for Thetford after they had fallen two goals behind.

In Division One, Pelicans II grabbed the day's highest score, beating Norwich Dragons III 11-0. But that was not enough to close the gap on leaders Harleston Magpies IV. Karen Absolon's goal was enough to earn them victory at Broadland II.

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Honours finished even at Reepham where Yarmouth were a player short. Dawn Fisher put the hosts ahead but Yarmouth sneaked an equaliser midway through the second half.

Diss moved four points clear at the top of Division Two thanks to a 2-1 win over Evergreens II and second-placed Dereham IV's 2-1 defeat at North Walsham II.

It was Diss' first home game since November and extremely windy conditions did not make it ideal for Diss' fast passing game.

Toni Glover turned in a pass from Sam Howard to put Diss ahead and the blistering pace of Tasha Blakely set up Glover for her 22nd goal of the season to make it 2-0. Evergreens pulled one back to set up a nervous last few minutes for Diss.

Dereham went ahead at third-placed North Walsham with a breakaway goal.

North Walsham pressed hard and were rewarded with a number of short corners and ten minutes before half-time Chelsea Dyke set up Denise Wait to level.

North Walsham dominated the second half and an inspired substitution saw Hannah Wait score the winner with her first touch.

Loddon Ladies II moved out of the bottom two with a 4-0 victory over basement side UEA III.

Nicola Payne slotted the ball past the keeper to put Loddon ahead and before the interval the ball fell to midfielder Bridget Legood to double the lead.

A fierce shot by Payne was deflected into the net before a goalmouth scramble saw Charlotte Harvey net the fourth.