Marshall Motor Group Norfolk Women’s League: Norwich City II stay top
Norwich City II held on to top spot in the Premier Division as they won 1-0 at Harleston Magpies IV.
The only goal of the game came in the first minute, as a neat tap across goal by Amber Sayers trickled into the net.
City were unable to add to their advantage, but strong defensive work from Dani Garwood, Caitlin Dawkins, Sue Tomlinson and Sarah Circuit ensured they held on to take the points.
Norwich City III picked up their second point of the season as they held Thetford to a 0-0 draw.
City started brightly and their player of the match Anya Farrow proved difficult for the Thetford defence to handle. Despite numerous chances in front of goal, City's finishing let them down and the closest they came was from a short-corner in the second half, when Chris Frazer's shot hit the wrong side of the post.
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Thetford were strong in midfield and put the City defence under mounting pressure in the second half, winning a string of short corners. Summer Haylock in the City goal produced a defiant performance, supported by her experienced back line.
Diss were unable to put a dent in Dereham II's unbeaten record as they fell to a 2-0 defeat.
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Diss started slowly and found it hard to break down the Dereham midfield and defence. Dereham had half chances which Diss keeper Gemma Burton dealt with confidently as the first half remained scoreless.
Dereham scored within five minutes of the restart, and soon after they added a second, as their striker found herself with time in the D and gave Burton no chance.
Gaby Rolingson forced the Dereham keeper to make a smart save and then tested her again from a short corner, but Diss could not find a way through.
In Division One, Norwich City V produced a strong first half display to beat UEA III 4-2.
The students conceded an early short corner which allowed Carol McNarry to open the scoring.
Thorayya Mears added the second on 12 minutes after receiving a fine pass from Olivia Greenway.
The third followed immediately afterwards as Emily Greenway took a pass from Cheryl Brown and beat the keeper.
Emily Greenway then added another as City cruised to a 4-0 lead at half-time.
UEA regrouped at the break and it was a much more evenly matched second half.
Adelice Kraemer brought the students back into it 15 minutes into the second period, but they did not score again until near the end, when Julia McKelvey's cracking effort found the net.
Norwich Dragons II are still top of the table and their 100pc record is intact after they beat Harleston Magpies V 1-0.
Dragons played some smart hockey in the first half, as Magpies were pushed deep into their half, but they played a good defensive game.
Dragons persevered and had several attempts on goal including penalty corners. Hazel Sumner, making her debut as a forward, put Dragons ahead with a close range goal.
Magpies came out strongly in the second half and Dragons' defence was tested for the first time this season. However, Sophie Thomas and Hazel Medlar put in some strong tackles on the left to keep Magpies at bay.
Reepham earned their first point of the season with a hard fought 1-1 draw against Broadland II.
Reepham's pressure was rewarded when they went ahead through a goal from Alice Buxton, who pounced on a rebound off the keeper
Broadland were awarded a penalty flick after a Reepham defender was judged to have stopped a shot on the line with a foot. The shot was calmly saved by Reepham's new keeper Kim Goldspink.
Broadland came at Reepham more as the game entered its final period and a pass down the middle split the Reepham defence, with Broadland captain Nikki Richards sweeping the ball in.
The top versus bottom clash in Division Two went according to the form book as Norwich Dragons IV thrashed Old Buckenham II 6-0.
The Dragons started strongly and took the lead from Annika Richardson's penalty flick.
Debbie Santa Clara added another before half-time, while Lynne Price also hit a post with a scorching effort.
Old Buckenham responded positively at the start of the second half and forced several short corners, but could not find a way back into the game.
The Dragons then reaffirmed their superiority with further goals from Scarlett Brown and Santa Clara, while Richardson added two more to complete her hat-trick.
Sprowston captain Liz Hollis scored twice in her team's 3-0 win at Herlings.
Hollis converted a pass from Sharon Weeks to give Sprowston the lead and then added the second after three rebounds off the keeper's feet.
Sprowston's third goal came when Weeks netted an impressive strike after weaving the ball past several defenders with some deft stick work.