Loddon bounce back in fine style
M+A PARTNERS WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Loddon Ladies are celebrating a season to remember - after missing out on promotion in heartbreaking fashion last year. The club would have moved up to the East League last term had they not had three points deducted for an administrative error.
Loddon Ladies are celebrating a season to remember - after missing out on promotion in heartbreaking fashion last year.
The club would have moved up to the East League last term had they not had three points deducted for an administrative error.
Such a setback would have knocked lesser sides back on their heels but Loddon simply dusted themselves down and vowed to make up for the disappointment this time around - and that's exactly what they have done.
The club, based at Hobart High School, went through the entire M+APartners NorfolkLeague Premier Division season unbeaten to finish five points ahead of second placed HarlestonMagpies III.
Loddon are now looking forward to plying their trade in Division 2NE of the East League - and secretary and top scorer Elizabeth Skinner can't wait for the new campaign to come around.
"It was obviously very disappointing last year but we've got a good team here and we were always confident we would have another good season," she said.
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"We are very proud of our unbeaten record and now we are looking forward to the challenge of playing in the East League."
Skinner scored 26 goals for Loddon, with captain Katie Konieczny netting 25, as Loddon won 14 of their 18 matches, while drawing the other four.
Broadland were beaten 2-0 at home by Pelicans II in their final game of the Premier Division season.
They dominated the early stages but failed to make an impression and Jane Major put Pelicans ahead, cracking in their first and only penalty corner of the first half.
Broadland then lost some of their sparkle as Pelicans started to move the ball around and Nichola Lankfer fired in a rebound from a penalty corner to double the visitors' lead after stand-in keeper Emma Grovenor had saved the initial shot.
Dereham III won 4-2 at Thetford to secure a fifth placed finish.
Jess Shand opened the scoring after a good run on goal and Georgie Edwards added a second to make it 2-0 at the break.
Thetford reduced the arrears scored, only for Zoe Leverett to make it 3-1.
And after the hosts had once again pulled one back Edwards hit her second to complete the scoring.
In DivisionOne Norwich Dragons III finished their campaign on a high note when they won 12-2 at Pelicans III. Laura Shreeve scored seven of the goals andAnnika Richardson four, with Heidi Warner also on target.
Shreeve's goals were a fitting tribute to her close friend Becky Thorpe, like her a former Denver player, who died recently.
The match, attended by a number of former Denver players, was preceded by a minute's silence.
The Division Three title was decided on the final day of the season, with Lowestoft Railway II pipping Dereham IV.
With Lowestoft having already won 1-0 at Breckland, Dereham knew they had to win 7-0 to pip their rivals and could only manage of 2-0 success against Thetford II, with Fran Grapes and Hannah Barnard getting the goals.