Norfolk Women’s League: Hopgood’s star turn in convincing success
Norwich City III travelled to a freezing and snowy King's Lynn and delivered a convincing 6-0 win over Pelicans II in an important match at the bottom of the table.
Captain Kirsten Aitken opened the scoring from a short corner and this was followed by further goals from Hannah Jarvis and Lauren Lawrie. Pelicans had their chances in the first half but could not convert these into goals, and as the snow fell Norwich piled on the pressure in the second half.
Player of the match Alice Hopgood added a further two goals and Lawrie also added to her tally to complete an emphatic victory.
At the other end of the table UEA kept their mathematical hopes of winning the title alive when they won 4-0 at Harleston Mapgies IV – but Norwich City II remain firmly in the driving seat, five points clear with just two matches left to play.
In Division One there was a notable result for bottom side Reepham who beat Norwich City V 2-0 to record their first victory of the season.
Norwich Dragons IV kept up their title challenge in Division Two with a 5-0 victory over Breckland.
Breckland, who had a team of only eight players, defended stoutly early on but Dragons eventually broke through.
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The first two goals were scored by Debbie Santa Clara, both from diverted strikes from outside the D. Gemma Rump and Megan Harvey made an impressive partnership at the bottom of the diamond – keeping possession of the ball and driving play time and again into the Breckland 23. The third goal came from Catherine Bourassa, a lovely hit straight into the left-hand corner from the edge of the D.
After the break Dragons lost a little momentum – possibly due to the fact that the snow had started to fall heavily. Annika Richardson scored a fantastic goal, which went straight through the keeper's legs, from a short corner. Lucy Campbell was awarded player of the match, for her excellent effort on the wing, constantly driving the ball towards the D. The final goal came from Sue Cross, a wonderful sweep past the keeper's foot.
Leaders Harleston Magpies VI won 5-0 at Lowestoft Railway II to remain a point clear at the top, having played three more matches.
Sprowston III had a busy weekend, twice making light of the freezing conditions to complete their fixtures.
On Saturday they drew 1-1 with Hornets, with a goal from Liz Hollis giving them the lead and the visitors then equalising.
On Sunday they played Herlings in a rearranged fixture triggered by snow earlier in the season and recorded an emphatic 6-1 victory.
A buoyant Sprowston came out in fighting form and Hollis scored a goal within minutes of push back. The first half also saw Sprowston goals from Hannah Read, Tamsin Highfield and another from Hollis. Herlings scored once when Carrie Hamshaw found the net.
Sprowston kept up the pressure after the break with a goal from Lisa Trussell and a hat-trick goal from Hollis just seconds before the final whistle.
Norwich Dragons V completed the seasonal double over Norwich City VI with a 3-0 home win. Laura Goodbun was their creative inspiration, charging down the right and creating chances for Rosie Korn and Lisa Harwood to score and converting one herself.
However, it was Katie Buxton who was voted player of the match for her performance at the bottom of the diamond, where she controlled the midfield with excellent distribution to all corners of the pitch.