Women’s East League: Emily leads the way as Norwich City stay top
The three-way battle for the Division 2NE title continued to gather pace at the weekend as Norwich City, Norwich Dragons and Yarmouth all recorded victories.
City remain two points clear at the top after a 3-0 home win over Ipswich and East Suffolk while Dragons and Yarmouth are breathing down their necks after seeing off North Walsham and Framlingham respectively.
After a slow start City worked their way into the game and took a first half lead through Emily Anthony.
Anthony doubled their lead after a neat passing move and completed her hat-trick in style by beating five tackle attempts and taking it round the goalkeeper to score.
Dragons were poor in the first half at North Walsham and were fortunate to go in only 1-0 down, with keeper Freddie Briscoe making some fine saves.
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At half-time they were given a firm ticking off by coach Pete Thomas and responded by turning the match on its head to win 5-1.
Within 10 minutes Laura Shreeve set up Shelly Seaman to finish and the same pair combined to make it 2-1. The Dragons continued to press and Shreeve finally got two well deserved goals before Nat Beal completed the scoring.
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Yarmouth stayed level on points with the Dragons, having played one more game, thanks to a 3-1 home win over Framlingham.
In the same section Norwich Dragons II went on a goal spree, beating Loddon 7-0.
With only nine players Loddon set their stall early and packed their defence but Dragons were up for the challenge and scored their first goal when Sarah Radley made a well timed run at the far post.
Dragons' second came from a short corner which broke down and after great persistence Ally Windsor-Waite swept the ball home. By half-time it was 4-0 with player of the match Laura Bailey scoring two goals in quick succession.
In the second half Dragons pressed on and Bailey completed her hat-trick before Saskia Delacave and Lizzie Moulton got in on the act.
Sprowston played their first game since the middle of December and got off to the best possible start to the new year with a 6-0 thrashing of Broadland.
Any worries of lack of fitness or touch from the long break were eased early on when Marie Hood finished off a short-corner routine with a hard push into the corner.
The second goal also came from a short corner, this time Carolyn Fildes finishing in style.
Fong Chung showed persistence and great individual skill to score with a deflected shot to make it 3-0 and the hosts would have had more goals before the break had it not been for some fine saves from stand-in goalkeeper Dani Parke
The second half followed the same pattern as the first, although Broadland did have their chances to get on the scoresheet.
Sam Tea returned to the Sprowston team and proved how valuable she is with two goals while player of the match Hood finished the scoring with a thunderous shot.
Harleston Magpies II continue to set the pace in Division 1N after beating bottom of the table Ipswich III 7-0.
Pelicans found promotion chasing St Ives too hot to handle in an entertaining game at Lynnsport. Defensive lapses haunted Pelicans throughout the game and the clinical visitors took full advantage.
The Pelicans' scorers in a 6-3 defeat were Emma Tillbrook (2) and Jo Bland.
Dereham had a day to forget, losing 4-0 at Wisbech, while Lowestoft had a fine 2-1 win over Bury St Edmunds.