Ladies Hockey round-up: Harleston Magpies edged out in seven goal thriller

Norwich Dragons Hockey Club hosted their annual Under-10 and Under-12 tournaments on Sunday with tea

Norwich Dragons Hockey Club hosted their annual Under-10 and Under-12 tournaments on Sunday with teams entered from across Norfolk. Dragons Under-10 Girls Team Danson, pictured, were winners of the Gold Tournament while the Bray team were winners of the Silver Tournament with theTwigg team runners-up Picture: CLUB - Credit: Archant

Harleston Magpies Ladies lost their opening home fixture of the season in the East Conference when they were beaten 4-3 by a strong Wimbledon side in a see-saw game.

Magpies found themselves 2-0 down after 15 minutes following some slick passing moves from the opposition but soon settled into the game and pulled one back from a penalty corner when Emma Lee-Smith struck from the top of the D and Lara Taylor made sure it was going in.

This gave Magpies belief and they got it back to 2-2 before the break when Lee-Smith's penalty corner strike took a deflection and found the target.

The hosts then went in front, with Lauren Rowe picking up the ball on the baseline and carrying it towards goal before beating the keeper with her reverse stick.

Stung by the goal, Wimbledon stepped up the pressure and two penalty corner goals, the second deflected in by a home defender, saw them come away with the points.

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Squad: L Barber (capt), M Brown (GK), K Sitch, L Greenacre, D Francis, F Burrell, C Harrison, L Whiting, L Taylor, E Lee-Smith, L Rowe, L Clymer, J Bloom, T Findlay, E Rash.

Dereham maintained their perfect start to the East League season when they cruised to a 6-1 win at Wisbech to stay top of Division 1N.

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They took the lead when Marie James made a strong drive to the baseline before cutting the ball back for Becca Taylor to finish.

A second goal soon followed after a crisp strike from Hayley Toleman and just before half-time Taylor netted her second to make it 3-0.

A short corner goal from Toleman opened the second half scoring before Taylor claimed her hat-trick. Wisbech pulled one back but Toleman had the final say when she completed a hat-trick of own after a spin in front of the keeper.

Joint players of the match were Tammy Dye and Georgie Edwards.

Norwich Dragons built on their first win the previous weekend when they drew 0-0 at St Neots while Lowestoft won for the first time, 2-0 at Ipswich and East Suffolk.

After a low-key first half Issy Wolfe and Katy Hands both went close to giving Dragons all three points while at the other end Sophie Barrow was named player of the match for an immense defensive display that helped keep the St Neots forwards at bay.

While there were a number of positives to take away – including the work rate and atmosphere amongst the squad – this was not one of their best performances.

Norfolk's two representatives in the Premier Division both had disappointing afternoons.

Norwich City lost for the first time this season when they were beaten 5-1 at home by a strong Bromley and Beckenham side, with Rachael Phillips getting the consolation goal and Jocasta Staines being named player of the match, while Harleston Magpies II went down 3-1 at Broxbourne.

Watton and Norwich Dragons II continue to set the pace in Division 2NE after maintaining their 100 percent records. Watton won 4-2 at Bury St Edmunds to lead the way on goal difference from Dragons, who scored three second half goals to see off Felixstowe 3-0 at The Den.

Jess Bennett got two of them while Evie-Mae Thorpe netted on her debut to complete the scoring. Goalkeeper Kat Speirs had an excellent game for Dragons III but couldn't prevent her side from slipping to a 3-0 defeat at Harleston Magpies III.

Norwich City III inflicted a first defeat of the season on Loddon to join them on nine points from four games in the Premier Division of the Empresa Norfolk League.

City won a tight game at Taverham 2-1, with Heather Tasker and Olivia Greenway scoring the goals, to keep in touch with leaders Broadland, who made it four straight wins by cruising home 6-1 at Norwich Dragons IV.

In what was an outstanding team performance Kelly Allen started the ball rolling for Broadland with a powerful finish.

Dani Parke doubled their advantage but indecision at the back allowed Dragons to pull a goal back through Caroline Wolfe.

Lydia Lawrence pounced on a loose ball to restore the two-goal advantage, Helen Brockington scored a fourth just before the break and further goals from Parke and Brockington completed the scoring.

It was a good weekend for Broadland, with their newly promoted second team maintaining a solid start to life in the top flight by beating visitors Lowestoft Railway 4-1.

Stunned by a Carre Varley goal within 60 seconds Railway went on to give a good account of themselves before the hosts scored three more times in the second half to settle it. Nikki Baker finished off a flowing move before Varley completed her hat-trick with a couple of penalty corner strikes. Katie Taubman converted a penalty stroke for Railway late on.

Niamh Campbell and Abigail Flatt got the goals for Norwich City IV as they drew 2-2 with Harleston Magpies IV while the other Premier Division games saw Pelicans II win 6-2 at Evergreens and UEA II come away from Dereham III with a 2-0 win.

Diss lead the way in Division One with a 100 percent record after winning 4-0 at a Norwich City V side who had won their opening three matches.

City were joined on nine points by Reepham and Norwich Dragons V.

Reepham beat Magpies V 3-1 while Dragons romped home 7-0 at Watton II with Lizzy McDonnell and Gem Ballard both scoring hat-tricks and Bethany Adelaide also on target.

After starting the season strongly in Division Three Thetford went down 9-0 at North Norfolk II, with Gema Gerena Pernia being named player of the match.

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