Norwich Dragons ready for Ipswich after fine home win
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Norwich Dragons got their Premier Division campaign back on track after the previous week's defeat when they beat visitors Maidstone 3-1.
The Dragons started strongly and a period of sustained pressure led to a penalty corner which was converted at the second attempt by Holly Reding.
Five minutes before half-time the hosts doubled their advantage when Stacey Lee charged at the Maidstone defence before picking out Hayley Toleman whose first time hit beat the keeper and rounded off an excellent opening period from the whole team.
Dragons came out with the same intensity after the interval and created more chances before finally making it 3-0 as Toleman returned the compliment by finding Lee who stroked it beyond the reach of the charging keeper.
Some great goalkeeping from Siobhan Cleeve then thwarted Maidstone, although the Kent side did pull one back towards the end.
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This was an excellent team performance, although with some areas still to work on, and the Dragons will be looking to build on it in next Saturday's home game with Ipswich.
On a day of rearranged fixtures, with not everyone playing, Dragons seconds hosted their counterparts from Harleston Magpies in Division One North and were beaten 2-1.
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Two quick breaks in the first 15 minutes from Magpies saw the home team's defence breached. Both goals were well finished by Anna Tighe, giving keeper Emma Cleland little chance.
In the second half Dragons started to put real pressure on the visiting backline and they finally got their reward. From only their second short corner of the match Gail Thomas slipped to Donna Vaughan whose initial strike was blocked. The rebound fell to Ally Windsor-Waite who reversed the ball into Laura Ward who forced the ball under the keeper.
Despite further pressure, the equaliser wouldn't come and Magpies sealed the win. Issy Wolfe earned Dragons' player-of-the-match award for the second consecutive week.
The top two in Division Two North East both won 4-0, leaders UEA at Christchurch and second place Watton at home to Yarmouth.
Dereham II are now third after winning 1-0 at Harleston Magpies III.