Norfolk Women’s League: Norwich clinch title with game to spare
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Norwich City 2nds clinched the Premier Division title in style with a 4-0 win at Lowestoft Railway.
City II have led the table from early in the season, but they have never quite been able to shake off the challenge of UEA, Dereham and Harleston 3rds. But after some unexpected recent results UEA were left as the only team able to deny City their spoils.
UEA did their bit on Saturday by winning 6-2 at Diss in their penultimate game. But City knew they needed only two points from their their last two games – and they made sure they wouldn't suffer any potential last day nerves with an emphatic victory.
They went ahead early in the second half when Emily Francis set up Amber Sayers.
Debutant Alice Hopgood created the second goal with an amazing piece of skill and composure for one so young, Sayers again delivering the finishing touch.
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Francis converted a penalty flick for the third and Lauren Lawrie completed the scoring to set celebrations in motion.
Alice Hopgood was a busy girl on Saturday, also performing impressively – along with fellow younsters Gussie and Phoebe Welsh – in a 4-2 home defeat for City 3rds against Harleston 4ths.
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City had the better of the first half but couldn't find a way through and they trailed 4-0 20 minutes into the second half before Alex Wood (penalty) and Pheobe Welsh put them on the scoresheet.
City 3rds had better luck on Sunday, winning 2-0 at Thetford.
Debbie Bryant put them ahead with a shot from the top of the circle which deflected past the keeper and over the line. A finely-crafted shot from Gussie Welsh provided their second goal.
Dereham 2nds finished their season with a 3-0 home success against Watton. But Harleston Magpies 3rds can pip Dereham to third place with one game left to play after putting seven goals past Pelicans 2nds – who are rooted to the foot of the table.
Evergreens are left in the second relegation spot, though with two games left, after losing 2-1 to Dereham 3rds.
Division One champions Norwich Dragons 3rds maintained their perfect record with a 2-0 win over Harleston 5ths.
Caroline Wolfe put them in front from a penalty corner and Louise Davis dribbled through before setting up Amy Brown for the second.
Norwich City 5ths finished their programme with a 1-0 defeat at Broadland 2nds, who are set to finish third in the table.
Division Two champions Dragons 4ths reeled off two comfortable wins in the space of four days, following up their 3-0 midweek win over Loddon 2nds with a 10-1 thrashing of poor Old Buckenham 2nds.
The Loddon win, which made mathematically certain of both promotion and the title, came courtesy of first half goals from Annika Richardson and Flora Gregorie and a second half strike from Debbie Santa Clara.
Dragons took just 17 seconds to go ahead, through Scarlett Brown, in their 'top v bottom' battle with Old Buckenham 2nds.
Brown went on to record her second hat-trick of the season while Annika Richardson bagged four goals – the most impressive being the last, a beautiful strike from near the top of the D after a lovely run across and down the pitch.
Santa Clara also managed a hat-trick – her third of the season – with the best of her goals a result of a great run by Gemma Rump.
Old Buckenham also played their part, scoring a fine goal during the second half.
Breckland were also in free-scoring mood, scoring seven against Lowestoft Railway while Herlings won 6-0 at Norwich Dragons 5ths. In Saturday's other fixture Loddon 2nds won 1-0 at Norwich City 6ths.