Norfolk League title chasers go marching on with six goal wins

Evergreens II's Dee Clipston scored her side's winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Herlings, P

Evergreens II's Dee Clipston scored her side's winning goal in their 2-1 victory over Herlings, Picture: RONNIE HEYHOE - Credit: Archant

The exciting battle for the Premier Division title shows no signs of letting up, with both contenders claiming big wins on Saturday.

Broadland beat visitors Carrow 6-0 in a top versus bottom encounter while Norwich City II won 6-1 at Harleston Magpies IV to remain behind the leaders on goal difference only.

Carrow always looked dangerous on the break but were eventually undone when star player Lydia Lawrence drove the ball home for the opener. Broadland quickly doubled the score through Georgie Stannett and increased their lead just before the break when Lawrence finished off a flowing move. Within seconds of the restart Lawrence completed a hat-trick with a well struck that deflected in off a defender.

Carrow stubbornly resisted but couldn't prevent Broadland from adding two more before the end through first Helen Harper and then Lawrence, who volleyed a waist high ball into the roof of the net for her fourth.

City had what looked on paper to be a tougher fixture but came through it with flying colours, scoring two early goals to lead 2-0 at the break and adding four more after it to see off mid-table Magpies. Emily Francis led the way with a hat-trick while Kate Hartland scored twice and Leigh-Ann Worral opened the scoring.

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Third-placed Norwich Dragons III are now seven points adrift of the top two after needing a late goal to draw 1-1 at their City counterparts, with Olivia Greenway scoring for the hosts.

There was also a derby match at fourth team level, with City beating the Dragons 5-2 (Sophia Basett 3, Holly Robinson, Amelia Barclay).

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Lowestoft Railway saw their advantage at the top of Division One cut to just three points as they were held 3-3 at Pelicans II while closest rivals Magpies V were winning 3-1 at Beccles.

Broadland II missed a chance to go third when they drew 4-4 with Watton II, who netted twice in the last 10 minutes to go home with a point.

Broadland's goals were scored by Nikki Baker, Carre Varley, star player Abi Dennison and Sophie White.

Broadland III beat Carrow II 8-0 in Division Three (Kat Maddox 4, Carolyn Duthie 2, Dinky Topley, Wendy Anema.

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