Norwich Dragons claim comfortable win in derby encounter
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Norwich Dragons claimed the derby honours in the Premier Division when they won 3-0 at relegated Norwich City.
The visitors took an early lead when a short corner was delivered to Hayley Toleman who slipped the ball to Hannah Phillips to slot home.
A superb save from Siobhan Cleeve kept it at 1-0 before Dragons stretched their lead when Toleman converted another short corner following determination from Lara Taylor and a quick reaction from Marie James.
A third set-piece strike from Phillips, which made it a 75 per cent conversion rate, completed the scoring after the break but it took another good save from Cleeve to prevent City from getting on the scoresheet.
Dereham moved up to third in Division IN by hammering relegated Bury St Edmunds 7-0 while Harleston Magpies II were losing 2-1 at home to Cambridge City II.
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Slick interplay and fast ball movement was the aim of the day for Dereham and this is exactly what the team did for the full 70 minutes. Becca Colman led the way with a hat-trick – a drag flick, a penalty stroke and a top of D strike - while Becca Taylor weighed in with a brace and Charlotte Taylor and Thea Wilson were also on target, the former following a fine solo run.
Norwich Dragons II kept their survival hopes alive in the same section with a hard-fought 2-1 home victory over Colchester.
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They took the lead on 10 minutes when Hannah Hardy pounced on a loose ball to convert after good work from Laura Ward and Lizzie Moulton. Colchester equalised on the half hour mark from a short corner but Dragons scored what proved to be the winner just after the break, Ward forcing the ball home after Marcy Windsor Waite had fired goalwards.
Joint players-of-the-match were the hard working Shelly Seaman and keeper Emma Cleland.
To stay up Dragons need to win their final game at Bury, while hoping Lindum and Colchester both slip up. Lowestoft ensured their safety by beating visitors St Ives 1-0.
The title race in Division 2NE will go to the final day after promoted pair UEA and Watton both won again, against North Norfolk (4-2) and Colchester II (6-3) respectively.