Norfolk Women’s League: Title rivals serve up a six-goal shoot-out
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Two of the top three went head to head in the Premier Division and it fully lived up to expectactions as Norwich City 2nds and UEA drew 3-3.
The contest was fierce with injuries on both sides, but fair. City opened the scoring midway through the first half when a penalty corner gave City's Sarah Shelley the chance to rocket the ball onto the back board.
UEA equalised in similar style with the last action of the first half. And the second half continued in exciting fashion.
Rebecca Green and Lauren Lawrie combined to put City in front again but UEA equalised for the second time. And though Green gave City the the lead for the third time UEA responded almost immediately.
Diss won 2-1 at Norwich City 3rds 2-1 with goals from Tash Blakey and Tanya Chenery and some brillant saves form goalkeeper Gemma Burton. City did their best to salvage a point after Yvette Redpath had pulled one back with 15 minutes remaining but the Diss defence wouldn't be broken.
In Division One Norwich Dragons 3rds emphatically maintained their perfect record with a 6-1 win over North Walsham 2nds.
Despite having much of the possession Dragons were only one up at half-time from a penalty corner struck from the top of the 'D' by Caroline Wolfe.
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North Walsham missed a chance to equalise just before the interval, but the second half was a completely different affair with Dragons upping their game to score five times.
Wolfe scored her second when she received a pass on the edge of the 'D' from Olivia Thomas, who also set up the third goal for Sophie Cullens.
Mel Widdows added her name to the team sheet and captain Amelia Dawson also hit the target before Wolfe completed her a hat-trick. Walsham's consolation goal came minutes from the end from Sue Buck.
A hat trick from Jess Shand helped Fakenham Evergreens 2nds to a 5-3 win in the battle of the bottom two at Reepham. Tracy Brain and Trudi Moulton were also on target for the winners.
Broadland 2nds and Sprowston 2nds both have outside hopes of pipping UEA 2nds to the runners-up spot.
And it was Sprowston 2nds who enhanced their chances with a 1-0 away win over their rivals in a game which saw both defences in dominating form.
Broadland created the better chances and should have taken an early lead, but Sprowston grabbed the only goal in the dying moments of the game.
Norwich Dragons 4ths cemented their place at the top of Division Two with a 5-0 thrashing of third-placed Sprowston 3rds.
They effectively won the game with a spectacular start which brought four outstanding goals in the opening 15 minutes.
Debbie Santa Clara claimed two goals, one from a lovely clip into the corner. Then Lynne Price marked her return from injury with possibly the goal of the season so far, looping the ball at an incredible angle across the goal and behind the keeper. Marcy Windsor-Waite finished the first half scoring with a lovely dummy behind the keeper for the fourth.
Sprowston fought back at every opportunity to ensure goalkeeper Morag Morrison was kept busy with a series of saves.
In the second half Sprowston stepped up their efforts to get back in the game, but they got no closer than a shot which hit an upright and it was left to Lucy Campbell to complete the Dragons nap hand.
Dragons needed to win as closest rivals Harleston 6ths were 4-0 winners over Norwich City 3rds – a result which took them four points clear of Sprowston, though they still trail the leaders by the same margin.
Herlings were the day's biggest scorers, winning 11-3 at bottom club Old Buckenham 2nds – whose seniors were losing 10-0 at Norwich Dragons in the East Women's League.