Leaders need a wake-up call

Dereham are five points clear at the top of Division One North after a 6-2 win at St Ives. They made a sluggish start, giving the home side too much time on the ball and coming under early pressure which brought St Ives a couple of short corner chances.

Dereham are five points clear at the top of Division One North after a 6-2 win at St Ives. They made a sluggish start, giving the home side too much time on the ball and coming under early pressure which brought St Ives a couple of short corner chances.

That proved a wake-up call for the league leaders, who pounded the home woodwork before Hannah Palmer put them in front with a sweeping shot just before half-time.

Early in the second half they increased their lead with a short corner goal from Donna Causton.

Evie Van Poortvliet scored Dereham's third after some lovely passing through the middle before St Ives pulled one back.

Two quick Dereham goals followed, both from open play, from Rachel Fisher, and Van Poortvliet - with an awesome diving reverse strike.

After St Ives claimed an easy second Causton completed the scoring. Louise Hewitt was named player of the match.

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In the same division Lowestoft won 3-2 at Lincoln.

Old Buckenham bounced back from their first defeat of the season with a 4-1 win at Dereham 2nd which took them clear at the top of Division Two North following a 3-3 draw for previous leaders March at Pelicans.

After going behind to a goal from Michelle Williams, Dereham retaliated to equalise before the interval.

Old Buckenham improved in the second half and went back in front when Hannah Harvey made a fantastic run from defence to set up Williams to finish.

The third goal followed excellent individual play from Helen Larwood, finished by a spectacular strike, before Williams completed her hat-trick.

Sarah Wood, promoted from the second team, was player of the match.

Emma Gibb scored a hat-trick as Broadland thrashed Dereham Colts 5-1. Carré Mills gave Broadland an early lead, but Colts equalised before the break. Broadland stepped up the pace in the second half as their experienced midfield of Rachel Aldous, Jane Freeman and Emma Grosvenor began to control the game.

After Gibb's first two goals Tracy Buxton put the game beyond Dereham with a fine individual effort. The outstanding Mills then bamboozled the visitors' defence to lay on the perfect ball for Gibb to complete her hat-trick.

Old Buckenham 2nds were two down before getting up to a full complement of players against Broadland 2nds - Laura Cannon and Danni Parke doing the damage.

Some excellent play from player-of-the-match Lesley Hopley and Susan Lansdell in midfield saw Buckenham pull level with two goals from Lizz Shaw.

But Broadland led 4-2 at the interval and went on to win 6-3, Parke matching Shaw by completing her hat-trick and Laura Cannon and Abi Dennison getting the other goals.