Shand puts Greens in seventh heaven

M&A PARTNERS NORFOLK LEAGUE: Evergreens were forced to field a makeshift team against Lowestoft Railway because of injuries – but still had enough about them to win 7-0 and consolidate their fourth position in the Premier Division.

The hosts dominated from the off and their pressure paid off when Jess Shand finished off from a well worked short corner. Shand then had a goal disallowed before Evergreens were reduced to 10 when Tracy Daglish injured her knee – but these setbacks merely increased their determination to take the points.

Shand quickly made it 2-0 after the break and then the goals flowed, with the same player taking her tally to five before Vic Mansfield got in on the act with two of her own.

At the top of the table Broadland made it 31 points from a possible 33 but they were pushed all the way before edging past Thetford 2-1.

Some excellent defending and marking kept Thetford in the game, along with some great saves from Dee Burris, before Broadland opened the scoring when Megan Greene, following-up the initial shot, hammered home her first goal for the club.

In the second half Dawn Heavey equalised with a direct shot on goal from a short corner. Thetford then hit the crossbar from a corner before Broadland secured victory as Helen Brockington managed to get her stick on the ball and her weak shot bobbled through the legs of the last defender standing on the line.

Beccles could only field 10 players at Norwich City II, but still came away with a deserved 3-2 victory. A strong performance from Annette Freeman, Jodie Smith, Heather Brand and Lorraine Greenwood in goal was fundamental to the team's success.

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Oli Williams opened the scoring for City but Beccles equalised when Freeman shot at goal and Laura Ashworth was positioned on the near post to slide the ball in.

City restored their advantage before the interval through Rebecca Green but Beccles again hit back after the interval when Freeman converted a penalty flick. Beccles were reduced to nine players when Laura Bonnor went off injured but Freeman got on the end of loose ball to put her side in front and they then defended heroically to secure the points.

In Division One Broadland II beat Norwich Dragons III 5-0. Carolyn Duthie and Nikki Baker, with her first goal of the season, gave Broadland a 2-0 half-time advantage before Danni Parke took centre stage, scoring twice and setting up another for Laura Cannon.

Division Two leaders Diss bounced back from last week's defeat when they won 5-1 at Old Buckenham II.

After going behind to a controversial goal Diss hit back swiftly through Glover's 19th of the season. From then on it was all Diss and they scored three more before half-time through Chenery, Woods and Glover.

Gaby Rolingson completed the scoring after the interval.

Evergreens II drew 0-0 with Lowestoft Railway II, with Katie Taylor having an effort disallowed, while it was also goalless between Loddon II and Sprowston II. Aimee Etheridge and Becky Carver shared Loddon's player of the match award.

In Division Three an Olivia Greenway hat-trick guided Norwich City V to their first win of the season against Herlings while Harleston VI beat City IV 7-2 (Katie Webb 3, Alice Bamber 2, Paris Wood 2, Rachel Herod.)