Magpies turn on power to secure derby triumph

EAST WOMEN'S CONFERENCE: Harleston Magpies 4, Dereham 1 - Harleston Magpies turned in an impressive display to win the first Norfolk derby encounter at National League level – and leave Dereham still looking for their first points of the season.

The visitors did well to get to half-time on level terms but Magpies turned the screw after the break, with three quick goals effectively settling the issue.

Magpies always knew this was going to be a tough local derby, with both teams desperate to pick up points at the wrong end of the table.

The victory took the hosts up two places in the league to seventh, and most importantly, out of the relegation zone.

In the first half, Magpies created many scoring opportunities but were unable to convert any of them. The Dereham keeper made some excellent saves to keep her side in the game.

Magpies came back out after half- time and dominated, going three goals up in les than ten minutes.

Lucy Fields calmly converted her first goal with a well worked one-on-one with the keeper 46 minutes into the game.

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Five minutes later, Debbie Francis put a superb ball through to Emma Lee-Smith, who beat several players before setting up Fields for her second goal.

Emily Wilford then quickly put the game beyond the reach of Dereham with a third goal after 54 minutes.

The visitors continued to battle hard throughout the game and were rewarded with a goal from Georgina Edwards, also one of the star performers in Dereham's previous match, after 61 minutes.

Jess Howland sealed an emphatic Magpies victory one minute before the end.

This weekend Magpies face a tough fixture away to Sevenoaks, while Dereham entertain title-chasing Chelmsford.