Women’s hockey: Harleston Magpies claim second away win in East Conference
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Harleston Magpies Ladies made it successive away victories in the East Conference when they won 3-1 at Southgate.
Magpies started strongly and took the lead thanks to a perfectly placed drag flick from Lauren Rowe into the bottom right corner.
For the rest of the half the intensity dropped, perhaps due to the warm weather, and Southgate equalised from a short corner. The initial shot was saved by Megan Brown but Magpies were unable to clear before the fast-thinking Southgate player tapped it in.
Magpies came off at half-time disappointed with their performance but following a motivational team-talk from injured captain Lucy Belsey and coach Clyde Camburn they went into the second period with optimism and after five minutes Lara Taylor picked up a loose ball and ran it down the line before lifting it past the keeper to restore the visitors' lead. Less than a minute later Magpies won a short corner and an accurate ball from Lauren Rowe was met by a diving Taylor for a deserved brace.
Norwich City maintained their steady start to life in the top flight of East League when they beat Sevenoaks 1-0 at Taverham.
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The first half was evenly matched and keeper Mikayla Glover was called into action to make some crucial saves.
Just before half-time a flowing move involving Harriet Johnson, Angela Hindle and Jocasta Staines saw the ball reach Krystal Bishop, who coolly turned her marker and reverse swept to nutmeg the on-rushing keeper.
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After the break there was some great passing and phases of play but City were unable to add to their tally and it became nervy towards the end. Sevenoaks were awarded five consecutive short corners but the bombardment ended when Ellie Pitcher cleared a shoulder high looping ball off the line. Player of the match went to Fong Chung for her interceptions and work rate.
Harleston Magpies II remain without a win but did well to hold high-flying visitors City of Peterborough to a 1-1 draw.
Dereham continued their strong start to the Division 1N campaign with a 6-0 victory at home to St Neots.
After a scrappy start the deadlock was finally broken when Becca Gibbs slotted home a short corner and soon after another corner was won and a cross goal ball from Gibbs was touched home by Lucy Soames.
Dereham improved after the break and added four more goals through Marie James, Becca Taylor (2) and Hayley Toleman. Newcomer Ella Dye was awarded player of the match.
Norwich Dragons were beaten 2-1 at home by Cambridge University (Joanna Raymond, players of match Sarah Jenkins and Olivia Thomas) while Lowestoft went down 3-1 at Sudbury.
Last season's relegated teams Watton and North Norfolk are leading the way in Division 2NE. Watton made it four wins out of four, and ruined Dragons II's perfect start to the season, when they won a tight match 2-0, with Sam Franklin claiming player of the match honours for the visitors, while North Norfolk beat Dereham II 4-0.
Dragons III went down 5-2 at Christchurch, with Hannah Ellis scoring a couple to goals when the visitors were already 4-0 down, and Norwich City II hit the goal trail at Felixstowe, winning 8-0. Rosie Humphrey netted twice while the other goals were shared by Sophia Basset, Milly Brown, Helen Busfield, Alice Gill, Irene Ramirez and Hannah Jarvis.
In Division 2NW Pelicans thrashed St Ives II 8-1 (Ellie Burt 2, Poppy Beales 2, Mia Moore, Annabel Brown, Emily Tomkins, Emily Pluck).
Broadland went marching on at the top of the Premier Division of the Norfolk Empresa League as they cruised to a 9-0 win over Lowestoft Railway.
An unselfish lay-off by Kelly Allen to Lydia Lawrence with three minutes on the clock gave the home side the impetus they were looking for, with the skipper calmly converting.
Within minutes Dani Parke waltzed through to double the score and by the break it was 4-0, with Abi Dennison producing the finishing touch to a Helen Brockington snap-shot and Lawrence adding her second after good work from star player George Stannett.
Broadland continued to dominate after the break, with Parke adding a hat-trick to her first half goal, Natasha Blyth crashing home a loose ball at a penalty corner and Brockington dribbling through to complete an emphatic win.
Broadland remain top with maximum points but Loddon and Norwich City III are still breathing down their necks after making it four victories out of five.
Loddon beat Broadland II 7-0 despite the efforts of goalkeeper Jen Crawford and Tamsin Highfield, who worked heroically to defend their goal, while City's thirds recovered from an early deficit to come away from Harleston Magpies IV with a 5-2 win. Player of the match Annabel Pounder led the way with a hat-trick while Effie Bowley and Matilda Butterworth were also on target.
City IV finished on the wrong side of seven-goal thriller at Pelicians II, going down 4-3 with the goals coming from Abigail Flatt (2) and Caroline Illing.
Other top flight matches saw Evergreens draw 1-1 with UEA II and Norwich Dragons IV return from Dereham III with a stunning 8-0 victory. There were two goals apiece from Trish Hagan, Victoria Earley and player of the match Niamh Somers while Lisa Harwood and Lilli Ballard also got in on the act.
Diss continue to lead the way in Division One, with the fifth teams of City and Dragons their closest challengers.
The leaders won 7-0 at Yarmouth II and their rivals kept up the pressure with victories of their own, City beating Beccles 2-0 (Lucy McNarry, Molly Crabtree) and Dragons edging past Watton II 2-1 (Liz McDonnell, Gemma Ballard).