Promotion is out of Sprowston’s reach

EAST WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Sprowston missed out on promotion in Division 2NE despite beating Old Buckenham 3-1.

Carolyn Fildes opened the scoring for Sprowston from an early short corner after a square pass from Sam Tea. The Buckenham keeper made a string of saves but was beaten again when Marie Hood doubled the lead.

Old Buckenham reduced the arrears from a short corner, but Sprowston restored the two-goal cushion when Tea blasted the ball home from another short corner.

Laura Hill, in her last game for Sprowston, was denied a goal to mark the occasion when her penalty flick was saved.

That result was not enough to secure second place, as Carlton Park beat North Walsham to clinch the runners-up spot.

Division 2NE champions Norwich City rounded off the season in style with a 3-1 victory over Christchurch.

City introduced some younger players for the final match, but looked lethargic in the first half. They still managed to score twice, with Sarah Shelley and Emily Anthony hitting the target.

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Christchurch fought back strongly in the second half, but were denied by City goalkeeper Nat Scurll, until they finally found a way through and pulled one back. City's response was swift as Shelley scored her second to seal the win.

A late strike saw Norwich Dragons II beaten 1-0 by Yarmouth.

In Division 1N, it was a disappointing end to the campaign for Norwich Dragons as they crumbled to a 7-2 defeat at Lincoln.

The hosts surged into a two-goal lead, but Laura Shreeve netted from close range to make it 2-1 at half-time.

Lincoln showed superior finishing in the second half to add five more goals, with Hannah Hardy netting a late consolation for Dragons.

Despite the defeat, Dragons finished a creditable fourth in the table.

Broadland claimed a 4-1 friendly success against a Harleston Magpies XI, with goals from Tracey Buxton, Lindsay Hyde, Rachel Aldous (pen) and Kelly Duthie.