Norfolk Women’s League: Stalemate is setback for leaders Norwich City

Lotte Stalker, who scored a goal and was named player-of- the-match, in action for Sprowston III aga

Lotte Stalker, who scored a goal and was named player-of- the-match, in action for Sprowston III against Norwich City VI. - Credit: Archant

Norwich City II saw their lead at the top of the Premier Division cut to five points after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Dereham II.

The best chance of an entertaining game fell to Dereham's Helen Kiddle-Morris but she was denied in a one-on-one with City keeper Emma Dann, who bravely blocked the ball with her helmet.

Lowestoft Railway eased to a 3-0 win against Norwich City III.

Lowestoft's first goal came from a defensive mistake and their second from a well-executed short corner.

City were stronger in the second half, but Railway sealed a valuable three points with their third goal.

Broadland II scored a late winner to clinch a 2-1 victory at North Walsham II in Division One.

Carolyn Duthie gave Broadland the best of starts, taking a rebound off the keeper's pads and firing her side into an early lead.

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With a Broadland defensive player sin-binned, Walsham equalised and the visitors' keeper, Emma Wordley, had to be at her best to keep the scores level.

After a late barrage of penalty corners, Duthie scored her second and Broadland's winning goal from a rebound off the keeper's pads.

Norwich Dragons III secured the Division One title with a 5-0 thrashing of Norwich City V.

Their first goal came within ten minutes as Pollyanna Watson converted a short corner.

Caroline Wolfe added a second when she dribbled the ball to the baseline and then turned towards the goal to put the ball past the City keeper.

In the second half, Dragons got a third when a shot by Sophie Cullens from a short corner took a deflection off a City defender.

With ten minutes to go, Dragons added two more goals, with Wolfe instrumental in both from open play. Amy Brown finished the first move by converting a slip from the right and Wolfe herself struck the second from the edge of the D.

In Division Two, leaders Dragons IV were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Hornets.

Dragons dominated the first half and Beth Bygrave and Sue Cross made numerous attempts to get past the Hornets defence, only to be denied on every occasion.

Hornets only had a couple of opportunities in the first half but solid defending from Freya Clogan, Laura Bruce and Amy Forse stopped prevented them scoring.

Hornets took the lead in the second half following a swift break, before Dragons launched an all-out assault in search of an equaliser.

After numerous attempts on goal, and the post being hit twice, Dragons finally drew level with two minutes remaining. A short corner was awarded and after a slip of the ball to player-of-the-match Catherine Bourassa the ball finally hit the back board.

Sprowston thirds twice fought back from a goal down to beat Norwich City VI 3-2.

City went ahead early in the match through Jo Tilson, but Sprowston fought back and midfielder Lotte Stalker took the ball past several defenders and executed a perfectly timed strike to take it to 1-1.

Norwich went ahead again soon after through Julia Marchant, but Sprowston's Tamsin Highfield levelled it up again.

The winner arrived when Sprowston's Lisa Trussell collected a neat pass into the D from Stalker to score.

On Sunday, Sprowston's third team travelled to Breckland and despite pressing hard for much of the game, they were beaten 2-0 following two breakaway goals.

In the Boys Development League, Dereham were defeated 3-2 by Norwich City.

Will Falch-Lovesy scored both Dereham's goals, but Norwich emerged with all of the points following efforts from Sam Tomlinson (2) and George Brine.