Norfolk Women’s Hockey League: Diss back in Division One title hunt after thrashing Pelicans
Diss re-ignited their Division One title challenge as they thrashed Pelicans III 5-1 and leaders Norwich City III were held to a draw.
Following the previous weekend's shock defeat to bottom side Yarmouth, Diss got back on track with a strong second half display.
Toni Glover gave Diss a 1-0 lead at half-time and a second half hat-trick from Danni Strange, plus a second from Glover, handed them a comfortable victory.
City's third team took the lead at Reepham through Jess Harris, but were pegged back in the second half when Ellie Rivett equalised to earn a share of the points for the hosts.
Yarmouth were unable to build on their win over Diss as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Broadland II, with Becky Savory netting the winner.
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Sprowston II took the lead at home to Norwich Dragons III when Nicole Rijks scored from a short corner, but Dragons hit back to win 3-1. Klara Moolman netted the visitors' equaliser just before half-time and two further strikes followed in the second half, both scored by captain Amelia Dawson.
Fate conspired against struggling North Walsham II as they were denied victory at third-placed Harleston Magpies V. Denise O'Callaghan scored for the second successive week to put Walsham ahead but they lost two players to injury and although keeper Lou Potter saved a penalty stroke, Magpies equalised three minutes from time.
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In the Premier Division, leaders Panthers were made to work hard for their 3-2 win at home to third-placed Norwich City II. Helen Morter fired Panthers ahead but City responded with goals from Sue Tomlinson and Becca Green. Georgina Stannett restored parity and Gemma Rolph hit the winner two minutes from time.
Harleston Magpies IV remain four points adrift at the bottom after a 3-1 defeat at Pelicans. Kay Dennis gave Magpies the lead, but Pelicans drew level before the break and netted twice more in the second half.
A battling display from Thetford – and some fine saves from keeper Abby Rolph – saw them hold Harleston Magpies III in a goalless first half, before Magpies netted the only goal of the game in the second period.
In Division Two, Norwich City IV picked up a 3-1 win at Hornets. Teresa McInally, Olivia Greenway and a penalty stroke from Maria Andrews put City in charge before Hornets pulled one back late in the game.
Norwich Dragons IV completed the double over Evergreens II with a 5-1 victory. Laura Goodbun, Amy Brown, Rosie Korn, Lois McGregor and Lizzy McDonnell were on target for Dragons, while Faye Hanson scored for Evergreens.
Lauren Rowe (2), Abby Gooderham, Sabina Illing and Imogen Ray got the goals as Norwich City beat Dereham 5-2 in the Girls Development Division.
Ross Pitcher (2) and Sam Paterson were on target for City's boys development side in a 3-0 win at Norwich Dragons.