Women’s East League: Breakthrough win for Magpies

Double goalscorer for Norwich Dragons men's firsts Matt Knights fires a reverse stick shot, passing

Double goalscorer for Norwich Dragons men's firsts Matt Knights fires a reverse stick shot, passing the City defence and keeper in their 3-2 win at Taverham. - Credit: Archant

Harleston Magpies II claimed their first win of the season in the Premier Division following a 2-0 victory over Ipswich II.

Magpies started confidently, pressing high up the pitch early on and forcing errors from the Ipswich midfield and defence.

With Mel Ludlam and Ellie Tennant forming a new and strong partnership in the middle, Lucy Field and Catriona MacIver were given the opportunity to push forward and make attacking runs into the circle. Magpies won a couple of short corners and were unlucky not to convert any of these chances with the Ipswich defence making saves off the line.

The deadlock was broken after the continued pressure from the forward line of Tor Findlay, Rachel Herod and Kara Kilbourn forced a turnover and Kilbourn forced the goal home from close range. The rest of the half continued with Magpies playing some excellent passing hockey, and as a result the Magpies defence were rarely troubled, going into half-time 1-0 up.

Magpies started the second half determined to score another goal and they wrapped up the points when Tor Findlay fired home.

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Norwich Dragons fell to their first defeat of the season at home to top of the table Bromley & Beckenham.

The first half saw both teams having an equal share of possession without creating any clear-cut chances until the visitors were awarded a short corner midway through the half which they dispatched cleverly, giving them the lead. Just before the half-time whistle the Dragons had the chance to draw level. A determined Kate Trelawny Gower made an interception on the attacking 25-yard line and drove the ball past the Bromley defence. The keeper was quick off her line and Trelawny Gower dribbled the ball beyond her reach and struck the ball towards the open goal only to see it drift wide of the post.

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In the second half Bromley put further pressure on the home side as they doubled their lead; a short corner resulted with defender Donna Vaughan blocking the ball on the goal line with her body. A penalty stroke was awarded which Bromley converted. Dragons poured forward looking to get back into the game but Charlotte Ridout clipped the ball brilliantly at the top of the D and dispatched the ball like a bullet high into the roof of the net leaving the keeper no chance.

North Norfolk claimed their first victory of the season on Division 1N after a 2-1 success over Watton.

Norwich Dragons II were in excellent form as they maintained their 100pc record in Division 2NE with an 8-1 win over Norwich City II.

The first goal was somewhat fortuitous but Hannah Hardy didn't care and Laura Shreeve and Laura Thompson-Wright put Dragons 3-0 up. Dragons continued to apply lots of pressure in the second half and the goals quickly followed. Laura Tompson-Wright scored early on, then completed her hat-trick with a smartly taken reverse stick strike. Shreeve and Hardy each added another, whilst Aoife Lowe-Davies also got a well deserved goal, following her tireless running for the team.

Full credit to City, who continued to work hard and push forward when the opportunities arose.

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