Norwich Dragons put disappointing run behind them
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Norwich Dragons put a series of frustrating defeats behind them as they got their Premier A campaign back on track with a Hayley Toleman inspired 3-2 win at West Herts.
They moved ahead early on when Toleman forced the ball home at the second attempt after good work from Holly Reding and Liv Thomas.
Player-of-the-match Siobhan Cleeve then made some crucial saves before West Herts got back on level terms.
The Dragons were forced to defend a flurry of short corners early in the second half and one of these led to a penalty stroke being put away.
But the visitors did not give up and after a shot was deflected high Katy Hands brought the ball under control and drew the keeper before finding Toleman on the right post to level.
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Dragons had to defend one final short corner but did so well and then broke, with Issy Wolfe getting a reverse stick shot off and Toleman again being on hand to put the Dragons ahead with a few minutes left.
Norwich City got back to winning ways in Division 1N, with a 7-1 win at UEA keeping them top. The pressure was quickly piled on and some good play from Jo Staines, Micayla Tootill, Angela Hindle and Rachel Mayne allowed Abbie Ingham to slot away City's first goal.
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The goals continued to come, with Krystal Bishop scoring two perfectly placed reverse stick shots and Ingram scoring again to make it 4-0 at the break.
The students pulled one back after the interval but City kept moving forward and goals from Emily Francis (2) and Bishop rounded off a fine win.
Harleston Mapgies II remain level with City with a game in hand after maintaining their 100 percent record with a 6-2 win over Bedford II. Watton made it two wins on the trot with a 5-0 romp at St Ives, Lowestoft went down 2-0 at Newmarket and Dereham saw off visitors Wisbech 3-1 to move up to fifth.
Dereham II continue to lead the way in Division 2NE despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Christchurch. Norwich City II beat Bury St Edmunds 4-3 (Danni Garwood 2, Alice Gill, Milly Brown) while Dragons II were held to a 3-3 draw by visitors North Norfolk (Lucy Morton, Hannah Hardy, Emma Tabrett).