Holly’s goal takes Norwich Dragons up to joint second

Dereham Ladies on their way to victory over Cambridge University II.

Dereham Ladies on their way to victory over Cambridge University II. - Credit: Archant

Norwich Dragons returned to action in Premier A of the Women's East League with hard-fought 1-0 win at Holcombe A.

With captain Rachel King heading off to work in Chile, there were some big shoes to fill but Dragons started strongly.

Hannah Phillips, looking impressive on her debut, won the latest in a string of penalty corners and it found its way through to Holly Reding who slotted home.

The second half was a matter of discipline and maintaining composure and the victory saw the team move up to joint second.

The match between the bottom two sides ended all square, which wasn't particualrly good news for either Norwich City or their hosts Bromley and Beckenham.

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City's scorers in a 2-2 draw were Katie Taubman and Olivia Williams while Jocasta Staines was chosen as player of the match.

Dereham maintained their promotion push in Division One when they made it back to back wins by seeing off visitors Cambridge University II 2-0.

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The visitors failed to capitalise on a hatful of chances but still came out on top thanks to strong defensive team play.

A rapid break set up the first goal for Becca Taylor who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper.

Dereham applied constant pressure throughout the second half and finally made it 2-0 when Alice Gill dived on to a rebound off the keeper at a penalty corner.

Norwich Dragons II made a winning return when they beat 2-0 Bedford II at The Den.

Dragons suffered an early blow when Ally Windsor Waite took a nasty blow to her thumb and had to go to hospital for a X-ray which thankfully showed no break.

The game was decided during two key minutes in the first half. Issy Wolfe unleashed a powerful, strike beyond the keeper to open the scoring and then Hannah Hardy fired home following a superb pass from Jess Bennett.

Harleston Magpies II were beaten 2-1 at home by second placed City of Peterborough while Lowestoft gave a decent account of themselves at runaway leaders Cambridge City II before going down 2-0.

UEA are now four points clear in Division 2NE after they beat Colchester II 4-2 while Watton were going down 5-2 at Dereham II.

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