Perfect Panthers maintain their successful start

NORFOLK WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Panthers maintained their winning start to the season with a 3-0 victory at Dereham III in the Premier Division.

The visitors went ahead when Zoe Gotts pounced on a rebound to score after Gail Rudd's strike from a penalty corner was saved. Panthers doubled their lead late in the first half through Gemma Haywood and Helen Morter wrapped up the points in the second period following a solo run.

Harleston Magpies IV picked up their first point of the season as they drew 1-1 at home to Beccles.

Magpies keeper Ellie O'Sullivan made some fine saves to deny Beccles in the first half and the hosts then took the lead soon after the break as Katie Webb seized on Josie Tibbenham's through ball to score. The hosts had chances to extend their lead but paid the price for not converting them when Beccles notched an equaliser from a short corner.

Thetford had only nine players to face UEA in the sweltering heat and succumbed to a 3-0 defeat.


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UEA took an early lead and the students' numerical advantage told in the second period as they added two more.

In Division One, Harleston Magpies V dropped their first points of the season as they lost 3-1 at leaders Norwich City III.

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City took an early lead with a decisive break down the middle and went further ahead before the break. They added a third in the second half before Kara Kilbourn combined with Sophie Long to pull one back for Magpies.

Reepham travelled to Dereham IV with just 10 players but came away with a 3-0 win.

Captain Katie Lake opened the scoring for Reepham and then doubled the lead with a fine strike from a short corner before half-time.

Lake completed her hat-trick following a cross from Michelle Fearn.

Norwich Dragons III registered their first win of the season as they beat Broadland II 2-1.

Sue Cullum kept Broadland at bay in the first half with some good saves and Dragons claimed the lead late in the second period when Teresa Grant slammed a shot past the keeper. A strong run from Dragons skipper Amelia Dawson set up Flora Gregorie to net the second and although Broadland got one back through Nicky Richards, they could not find an equaliser.

Diss secured their third successive win with a 1-0 success at home to North Walsham II.

The decisive goal arrived in the first half when Sam Howard evaded the Walsham defence and set up Sarah Woods to tap in from close range.

In Division Two, Norwich City IV thrashed Norwich Dragons IV 9-0.

Teresa McInally fired five first half goals to put City in charge and further strikes from Rachael McCarney (2), Nikki Legrys and Olivia Greenway completed the rout.

Norwich City VI recorded their first league win of the season as they defeated Old Buckenham II 2-1.

Old Buckenham took the lead, before Robyn Ketteringham levelled matters. City then found the winner as a slick attacking move resulted in a goal for Annabelle Conway.

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