NorfolK Women’s League: Thetford show battling spirit but UEA have the edge

Thetford's determined defensive effort could not deny high-flying UEA a 2-0 victory in the Premier Division.

Player of the match for Thetford, Christianne Church, played a pivotal role in closing down the numerous UEA attacks, but the students scored twice to move to within eight points of leaders Panthers.

All of the goals came in the first half as Sprowston won 3-2 at Dereham IV in Division One.

Dereham took an early lead, but Sharon Weeks equalised with a strike from the top of the D. Liz Hollis added a second for Sprowston and the same player provided the assist for the decisive third goal, scored by Julie Metcalf.

Diss marked their first match at their new home ground at Hartismere High School by beating promotion rivals Harleston Magpies V 2-1.

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The prolific Toni Glover gave Diss the lead as her shot went through a forest of legs, leaving the keeper stranded.

Magpies drew level from a short corner as the half finished 1-1.

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Diss made some positional changes for the second half and began to dominate proceedings. Sam Howard scored the winner as she slotted home from a tight angle after evading several challenges.

Broadland II edged a nine-goal thriller against Pelicans III.

Pelicans took the lead, before Nikki Richards swept in an equaliser, only for Pelicans to restore their advantage just before the break.

Broadland improved in the second half and Abi Dennison notched an equaliser before Nikki Baker put them ahead for the first time. Baker outpaced the Pelicans defence to make it 4-2, before Pelicans reduced the deficit. As Pelicans chased an equaliser, they were hit on the break, with Becky Savory rifling home Broadland's fifth goal. Pelicans scored their fourth with the last hit of the game.

A sloppy first half display saw Norwich Dragons III slip to a 4-1 defeat at Norwich City III.

Goals from Jess Harris (2), Chris Frazer and Maria Andrews put City 4-0 ahead at the break – and the damage might have been worse for Dragons but for some excellent saves from Giselle Nieuwoudt.

Dragons were vastly improved in the second half and they got their reward when Lizzie Cheesman scored a consolation goal.

Norwich City V's promotion challenge faltered as they lost 4-0 to second-placed UEA III in Division Two.

Hat-tricks from Amy Brown and Colette Armitage allowed Norwich Dragons IV to demolish Old Buckenham II 8-0. Lynne Price and Lucy Campbell completed the scoring.

In the Girls Development League, Norwich City beat North Walsham 2-1 with goals from Eve Barnes and Alice Whitmore.

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