Payne piles on the agony for struggling Evergreens

M+A PARTNERS WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Broadland piled the relegation pressure on Evergreens with a 2-0 Premier Division victory on Saturday. Broadland took the lead as the Evergreens keeper deflected a near post strike into the path of Kerry Payne, who stroked the ball into an unguarded net.

Broadland piled the relegation pressure on Evergreens with a 2-0 Premier Division victory on Saturday.

Broadland took the lead as the Evergreens keeper deflected a near post strike into the path of Kerry Payne, who stroked the ball into an unguarded net.

With their confidence boosted, Broadland took control and added a second when leading scorer Tracey Buxton squeezed the ball home.

Norwich City II had two games at the weekend and bounced back from Saturday's defeat to Panthers by beating Thetford on Sunday.


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After a goalless first half on Saturday, City took the lead when Emily Anthony's strike from a penalty corner rebounded to Leigh Worrall, who powered the ball into the net. Panthers equalised through George Stannett and they went ahead through Gail Rudd. Captain Rachel Mayes added a third for Panthers late on.

City shrugged off that disappointment to win 2-1 at Thetford the following day.

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Emily Anthony put City ahead, before Dawn Heavey pulled Thetford level, converting a short corner. Anthony then created a chance for Hannah Philips to strike the winner.

It completed a miserable weekend for Thetford, who were beaten 4-1 at Harleston Magpies III on Saturday.

Heavey scored from a short corner to put the visitors in front, but Magpies came back strongly in the second half and scored four times.

In Division One, Magpies IV moved up to third after picking up two positive results at the weekend.

Yarmouth II conceded defeat on Saturday and Magpies followed that up with a 4-1 win at bottom side UEA II.

Kay Dennis slotted the ball into the corner of the net to hand Magpies the lead, but UEA equalised after the break. Magpies replied straight away, as a well-worked short corner routine ended with captain Tracey Reeve smacking the ball into the net for her first goal of the season.

Bella Hall extended the lead and Dennis grabbed a fourth late on.

UEA II were also beaten on Saturday, losing 4-2 at Reepham.

Katie Lake finally found a way past the UEA keeper after Reepham had dominated the early stages and Lake then reacted quickly to a rebound to make it 2-0. Lake completed her hat-trick when she flicked home Dawn Fisher's fierce strike, before Katie Forsyth pulled one back for UEA.

Em Bush added a second for UEA, but their hopes of a comeback were snuffed out by Jane Proctor, who scored Reepham's fourth.

In Division Two, Diss II registered their first win since November as they thrashed Old Buckenham II 5-1.

Diss' Lucy Kershaw opened the scoring, and soon afterwards she thumped home her second.

Gaby Rolingson created the pressure which led to an own-goal making it 3-0 at half-time.

Kershaw's hat-trick goal put the result beyond doubt, although Bucks did get on the scoresheet, before Tash Blakely rounded off an impressive debut with Diss' fifth.

Broadland II beat struggling Evergreens II 3-1.

Jenny Whiting fired Broadland ahead, but Chantelle Baker conjured an equaliser for Evergreens. Nikki Richards restored Broadland's advantage and Danni Parke hammered the ball into the roof of the net with her reverse stick to complete the scoring.

Jess Harris scored the only goal for Norwich City IV as they were soundly beaten 5-1 at leaders Lowestoft Railway II in Division Three.

t Pelicans' Under-16s were beaten by Nottingham club Beeston in the quarter-finals of the National U16 Girls Cup on Sunday.

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