No surrender as Dragons show spirit

EAST WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Norwich Dragons denied unbeaten Division 1N leaders Wisbech victory as the two sides battled to a 3-3 draw.

Wisbech, who had won the reverse fixture 6-2 earlier in the season, looked set to complete the double when they opened the scoring. But Dragons showed plenty of character to equalise through Tash Blyth before half-time.

Boosted by that goal, Dragons added two more in the second period through player of the match Marie James. Dragons were unable to hold onto their lead, however, as Wisbech scored twice to level matters.

Harleston Magpies II drew 0-0 at Lincoln, with Flora Marfleet the player of the match.

Norwich City are now seven points clear at the top of Division 2NE following a 2-0 win over Loddon.

City dominated possession but were unable to find a way past the agile Loddon keeper in the first half. They finally broke the deadlock 10 minutes after the break as Debbie Painter scored a scrappy goal.

City's persistence and patience paid off again when Sarah Shelley netted the second. With title rivals Carlton Park and Dereham II both dropping points, it was an excellent day for City.

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Norwich Dragons II eased to a 4-0 victory against Old Buckenham.

Shelly Seaman's shot from a short corner put Dragons ahead and Harriet Stone added a second after good link-up play with Izzie London.Seaman completed her hat-trick in the second half to complete the scoring.

Sprowston survived a nervy finish to claim a 3-2 win against bottom side Haverhill.

Sprowston were frustrated early on as a penalty flick was saved and Laura Dewing had a goal disallowed as the ball had brushed her foot. The first goal eventually arrived via a deft flick from Becky Cox and a neat reverse sweep from Georgie MacKenzie made it 2-0.

Sam Tea drove into the area and struck a third, but that signalled a fightback from Haverhill as Sprowston eased off. Haverhill forced the ball home from a short corner and then took advantage of a defensive slip to make it 3-2, but Sprowston came through a tense finale with the points intact.

Pelicans' Under-18 girls progressed to the quarter-finals of the National Cup competition with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Saffron Walden on Sunday.