New leaders in top flight of Empresa Norfolk League


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There are new leaders in the Premier Division of the Empresa Norfolk Women's League - but it remains desperately tight at the top.

Title rivals Broadland and Norwich City II both tasted success again on Saturday, but City's bigger winning margin saw them move to the summit on goal difference.

They saw off visitors Dereham III 4-0, with Leigh-Ann Worrall scoring twice and Ellie Brine and Hannah Jarvis also on target, while the morning leaders edged past third placed Norwich Dragons III 2-1.

Broadland made light of the fact that they were a goal down within two minutes when Dragons' Sian Lawrie's reverse stick connected with a through ball.

They levelled almost immediately through a reverse stick finish from leading scorer Dani Parke and won it when a swift interchange between Natasha Blyth and Parke, and a lay-off to the far post, saw Lydia Lawrence rifle the ball home.

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Broadland captain Jenny Whiting and Dragons' Debs Smith both had exceptional games for their respective sides.

There was a clean sweep for City teams in the top flight with the thirds seeing off Evergreens 3-2 with two goals from Rachael Cave and one from Abigail Bourne and the fourths beating basement side Carrow 4-0 (Emily Spencer, Holly Robinson, Hannah Bush, Olivia Broadway).

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In the remaining top flight matches UEA II won 1-0 at Dragons IV while Harleston Magpies IV and Loddon shared the spoils in a goalless draw.

It was a day of surprises in Division One with the top two both being beaten. Leaders Lowestoft Railway went down 2-1 at Watton II but they are still seven points clear following Broadland II's 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Dragons V.

Lisa Harwood scored before half-time and added a second soon after the restart with some fantastic saves by Emma Rowley keeping Broadland in it.

A spectacular volley from Lynn Price sealed the win.

Broadland III won 5-1 at UEA IV (Wendy Anema 2, Amelia Anema, Dinky Topley).

Harleston Magpies beat Bury 4-1 in the Investec Women's Over-35s Trophy (Angie Wheelhouse, Anouska Scottm Kath Johnson, Charlie Harrison).

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