Harleston Magpies claim impressive East Conference win

Young Lara Taylor in the thick of the action for Norwich Dragons against Maidstone in the East Leagu

Young Lara Taylor in the thick of the action for Norwich Dragons against Maidstone in the East League. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Harleston Magpies Ladies went marching on in the East Conference when they saw off visitors Chelmsford 3-1.

Magpies, who remain third in the table just four points beind leaders Wimbledon, started off positively and could have been two up in the first 10 minutes.

They continued to attack, while looking secure at the back, and eventually went one up midway through the first half when Victoria Findlay converted one of the many chances created by the enthusiastic and hard working forward line.

The second half started with Magpies caught slightly on the back foot and when the ball went loose in the circle Chelmsford capitalised to make it 1-1.

Magpies then pushed forward and pressurised Chelmsford back into their own half and Maria Andrews created an opportunity out of nowhere to score a fantastic reverse stick goal.

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Magpies never looked back after that and kept the pressure on, finally gaining a penalty flick which was confidently converted by Lauren Barber to put the game out of reach.

There was a limited programme in the Empresa Norfolk League, with only re-arranged fixtures being played.

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In the Premier Division Norwich Dragons III closed the gap on the top two to five points when they won 5-0 at lowly Carrow.

The other match at this level was a derby encounter, with Norwich thirds beating their fourths 2-1 thanks to goals from Rachael Cave and Olivia Greenway. Rachael Phillips was the other scorer.

Division One leaders Lowestoft Railway missed an opportunity to stretch their seven point lead when they were beaten 3-2 at Diss.

Meanwhile Dereham's mixed team play local rivals Norwich City in round two of the National Mixed Cup and won the game 3-0. Goals from Becca Taylor and Sam Colman put the hosts 2-0 up at the break, with Will Edwards confirming victory in the second half.

Magpies Over-40s men's team have a national semi-final to look forward to after beating Cambridge City 4-2 on penalty strokes after their tie ended in a 2-2 draw after goals from Matt Brand and Gavin Cole. They now face a trip to Canterbury in the last four on March 5.

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