Railway back on track with vital victory

NORFOLK WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Lowestoft Railway hauled themselves off the bottom of the Premier Division table with a crucial victory at home to fellow strugglers Harleston Magpies IV.

The decisive goal came in the first half from a short corner and Magpies' cause was not helped after the break when Vicky Blackmore received a yellow card.

Panthers remain two points clear at the top after their 3-0 win against Beccles.

Beccles fielded just 10 players and Panthers went ahead on 10 minutes when Zoe Gotts set up Gail Rudd to fire home. As half-time approached, Lou Loughton's reverse stick effort made it 2-0.

Beccles spurned an opportunity to pull one back after the break when Max Gibb's penalty was saved by Natalie Brooks and Gotts added Panthers' third from a penalty corner.

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Thetford dropped into the bottom two with a 4-2 home defeat to Evergreens.

The visitors went ahead in the first minute but Dawn Heavey soon levelled matters. Evergreens then regained the lead only for Heavey to once again equalise before half-time.

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Evergreens forged ahead for a third time from a short corner and this time there was no way back for Thetford as the visitors added a fourth.

Division One leaders Diss bounced back from losing their unbeaten record the previous weekend to beat Norwich Dragons III 2-0.

Toni Glover gave Diss the lead and Sam Howard slotted in the second before half-time.

Norwich City III kept up the pressure with a 7-1 mauling of UEA II, their goals coming from Kirstin Aitken, Emma Wood (2), Jess Harris (2), Rachel McCarney and Anya Farrow.

A goal in each half saw Reepham hold on to fourth place with a 2-0 win against North Walsham II.

Reepham skipper Katie Lake was again her side's star player with both goals, despite picking up an injury in the first half.

Harleston Magpies V remain hot on the heels of the top two following their 3-0 win against Pelicans III.

Player of the match Alice Bamber converted a penalty corner to give Magpies the lead and Kara Kilbourn added a second before the break. Kilbourn also netted Magpies' third in the closing stages of the match.

Division Two high fliers UEA III were made to work hard for a 2-1 victory against Norwich Dragons IV.

Amy Brown gave Dragons the lead, before Adelice Kraemar and Megan Forbes turned the match on its head for UEA.

Broadland slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Dereham IV despite some fine saves from keeper Kelly Rolfe.

Olivia Greenway scored twice and Julia Marchant added a third as Norwich City V beat Hornets 3-0.

City's sixth team beat Lowestoft Railway II 2-0 with goals from Robyn Ketteringham and Danni Garwood.

Sophie Farrow's goal was not enough to stave off defeat for Norwich Dragons in the Girls Development League as they lost 3-1 to Great Yarmouth.

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