Skilful show sends Dragons reeling to defeat
EAST WOMEN'S LEAGUE: Norwich Dragons succumbed to a skilful Lincoln side in a 4-1 Division 1N home defeat.
Dragons started well but Lincoln caught them cold with two goals in quick succession. The hosts improved in the second period and were rewarded with a goal from Debby Smith – the umpires deciding that the ball had crossed the line, despite the keeper looking as though she had saved it. But Lincoln were quick to reply with two more goals.
Harleston Magpies II picked up a 2-1 win at Ipswich & East Suffolk.
The scoreline remained blank in the first half, but Ipswich took the lead following a goalmouth scramble after the break. Sarah Brook drew Magpies level before Melissa Hunter's sweetly-struck shot put them ahead and a fantastic save in the dying moments from Frances Taylor preserved the points.
Norwich Dragons II produced a battling performance but went down 3-1 to Great Yarmouth in 2NE.
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A strike from the edge of the circle put Yarmouth ahead and they doubled the lead from a short corner. Hariette Stone reduced the deficit in the second half, and despite plenty of pressure Dragons could not find an equaliser, with Yarmouth netting a third late on.
Norwich City moved two points clear at the top of the 2NE table following their 3-1 win at Christchurch.
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Hannah Philips put City in front after they had started in lively fashion and a second goal came from Leigh-Ann Worrall. Fongy Chung added a third before Christchurch netted a consolation.
Sprowston's 2-1 win against Old Buckenham sent them up to fourth.
Sam Tea's short corner strike put Sprowston in front and Amy Butler followed up her driving run to force the ball home for 2-0. Buckenham eventually pulled one back but Sprowston held on.