Norfolk Women’s League: Norwich Dragons Ladies III secure title with a perfect record
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Norwich City II ended up winning the Marshall Motor Group Premier Division title by just two points after losing their final game.
City, who had already been crowned champions, were beaten 1-0 at home by Dereham III while closest challengers UEA were handed a walk-over by Pelicans II.
Norwich City III were kept busy, picking up four more points with a 2-0 midweek win at Dereham III and a 1-1 draw at Watton III. Rachel McCarney ensured City ended the season on a positive note when she latched on to a Lauren Lawrie pass to ensure her team returned from Watton with a point.
Norwich Dragons III picked up two more wins to ensure their title triumph in Division One was achieved with a 100pc record.
Dragons took control against Yarmouth II with excellent passing moves, displaying textbook hockey, and a short corner was converted swiftly on the first strike by Caroline Wolfe.
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The second goal came after a string of fluid passes, with Olivia Thomas and Amy Brown working well together. Brown, player of the match, scored with a sweep past the Yarmouth keeper.
The third arrived shortly before half-time when, after a goalmouth melee, Mel Widdows tapped the ball home at the far post.
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The second half saw Yarmouth have their opportunities but they were thwarted by solid defending. Dragons were also denied any second half goals despite winning several short corners.
Dragons then won 2-0 at UEA III to complete their perfect season.
The breakthrough came when Wolfe found Widdows on the far post at a short corner. A second goal followed when Pollyanna Watson found Brown at the top of the D who, with perfect composure, swept the ball past the keeper.
Broadland II and Harleston Magpies V shared the points in a 2-2 draw.
Harleston struck within two minutes of the start before Broadland captain Nikki Kent scored an equaliser midway through the first half, following a flowing move down the right wing.
Harleston regained the lead just before half-time but Broadland grabbed a late equaliser through Carolyn Duthie's smart finish.
The two promoted teams in Division Two met on the final day of the season, with champions Norwich Dragons IV beating Harleston Magpies VI 4-1.
Magpies opened the scoring but Sue Cross got Dragons back on level terms before the interval.
After the break Dragons seemed to find their momentum with Felicia Roberts, Lynne Price and Freya Clogan pushing play up the left through the use of well-placed passes.
Debbie Santa Clara scored her first goal from a lovely push from the top of the D and then made it 3-1 from a penalty flick before completing her fourth hat-trick of the season in the dying seconds.
Norwich Dragons V beat Lowestoft Railway II, who only had 10 players, 2-1. Dragons had plenty of possession, but after goalkeeper Naomi Loftus was beaten by the bounce to concede an early goal, Lizzy McDonnell got the winner midway through the second half.
Dragons had over-pressed in their eagerness to score although from one break Olivia Smith scored with a hard, accurate shot.