Reeve earns stylish Watton a point from students
EAST WOMEN: Watton held second-placed Cambridge University to a 1-1 home draw in Division One.
Watton matched their young visitors in the ability and style stakes and the speed and accuracy of passing was mind boggling at times.
Continued Watton pressure brought about a penalty corner, converted by Lynsey Reeve.
Cambridge immediately struck back though, with a well-worked field goal. Star player Sarah Cave was struck in the left eye by a lifted ball and was taken to A&E where she stayed the night. She was out of hospital yesterday and on the mend.
A make shift Norwich Dragons team, drew 4-4 at home to St Ives, who had previously beaten Dragons narrowly in the away fixture.
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Dragons started the better side and their determination and flowing hockey saw them score twice in quick succession.
Player of the match Claire Baker slotted the ball under the keeper and Hannah Roney struck a goal from the top of the D with a great strike.
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Dragons then suffered an injury which saw Angela Murgatroyd carried off in some pain. This unsettled Dragons and they conceded two goals to even the game up. With a minute of the second half left, some great work from Baker saw her pass to Natalie Beal and she scored a goal low to the keeper's right.
The second half saw St Ives unable to capitalise on numerous short corners before eventually finding an equaliser. A flowing break by Dragons saw Claire Baker's pass fall to the advancing Tash Blyth and she expertly scored to make it 4-3.
But the win was not to be for Dragons as St Ives struck their fourth.
Harleston Magpies II followed up their draw against leaders Wisbech with a hard-worked 2-0 win over bottom club Cambridge City II.
Magpies were unlucky not to score in the first half, despite having a number of chances.
Former Magpie Vanessa Brown in the Cambridge goal kept her old team at bay until the hosts changed their short corner routine and a brilliant cross from Lauren Mickleburgh was tapped in by Keira Booty. Shortly after, Lauren Barber scored the second.
Magpies goalkeeper Flora Marfleet pulled off a good save but was then beaten. Fate was on her side, however, as the 'goal' was disallowed – the Cambridge player having slotted the ball home with her thigh.
Lowestoft gained a 3-0 win at Sudbury in the Premier Division.
Lowestoft started strongly with fast attacking play but, with keeper Sandra McKay on top form, Lowestoft were denied the lead.
A powerful strike from a Lowestoft short corner saw them hold a 1-0 lead at half-time.
Sudbury came close to levelling the score early in the second half, when a well-rehearsed short corner saw Mills narrowly missing the target.
A lucky deflection from a short corner saw Lowestoft increase their lead.
Sudbury continued battling but again chances were denied and an attacking break from Lowestoft saw them complete the scoring.
Division 2NE leaders Norwich City needed an audacious 20th-minute goal from Esme Barber to set them on their way to a 4-1 win at UEA.
Even so, it was not until into the second half that City finally found their form to score three goals through Leigh-Ann Worrall, Debbie Painter and Sarah Shelley. UEA had their chances as the game opened up, and managed to pull back one goal but never looked like threatening City's dominance.
Sprowston dominated from the start on their way to a 3-0 win at Loddon.
Despite squandering several good chances, they finished the first half only one goal ahead.
The goal came when the Loddon keeper saved a short corner strike from Becky Cox only for Kerry Hamilton to tuck away the loose ball.
The second half followed a similar pattern and Sprowston's second goal was another short corner, this time Becky Cox slotting the ball cleanly past the keeper.
Loddon did have a few breakaway attacks that were mainly mopped up by the underused Sprowston defenders. On one occasion the Loddon forward made it into the Sprowston circle only to be wiped out by Sprowston keeper Sharon Weeks who then saved the resultant penalty flick.
Sprowston wrapped up the points with a third that was a repeat of the first, this time it was Nic Cage's shot that came out for Amy Butler to score.