Women’s East League: Emily’s late strike keeps Magpies top
Harleston Magpies II retained top spot in Division 1N after seeing off St Ives 2-1 in a hard-fought game.
Magpies dominated the first half with some great link-up play and confident passing but were denied by some solid defence.
St Ives then broke away to take the lead against the run of play but super sub Catriona MacIver finally opened the Magpies' account with a tremendous strike from the top of the circle. Then, with time running out, a cracking ball from Frances Taylor left Emily Brown one-on-one with the keeper and she confidently converted.
Dereham returned from King's Lynn with a 5-2 win over Pelicans to stay third in the same section.
Dereham were looking to build on last week's great result against Wisbech and got off to a fine start, going 1-0 up through youngster Immi Crookes, her first goal for the first team. Pelicans equalised through Jane Proctor but then a poor tackle saw Dereham awarded a penalty flick which was neatly put away by Kath Malvern.
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A well-worked short corner routine saw the visitors stretch their lead, as Lauren Healy got a deflection on Malvern's powerful strike.
Another goal from player of the match Crookes followed before the home side grabbed a goal from another quick break through Sam Avey. Dereham's Ali Waters rounded off the scoring as Dereham finished the game in style.
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Norwich Dragons made it six wins out of six in Division 2NE in the most emphatic fashion imaginable as they won 18-0 at Old Buckenham.
The Dragons starting the game at a high tempo with Marie James scoring just 45 seconds.
Old Buckenham, who had limited numbers in their squad, suffered a number of injuries and were helped out by some of their young second team players.
There were some excellent performances from the Dragons team, in particular Emma Tabrett and player of the match Gail Thomas. The goal scorers for the Dragons were Laura Shreeve (5), Gail Thomas (4), Marie James (3), Clare Baker (3), Nat Beal (2) and Hannah Roney.
Second placed Yarmouth beat Broadland 4-2 to maintained their own 100pc record.
Yarmouth, with an element of good fortune, found themselves two goals ahead at the break. Broadland pulled one back within a minute of the restart when a Dani Parke flighted ball fell short of the Yarmouth goal, but found a defender's foot which diverted the ball on to the goalkeeper's thigh and into the net. Yarmouth restored their advantage and went further ahead but Broadland continued to create opportunities and with five minutes left reduced the arrears with Parke firing in after Laura Parker dummied the defender at the top of the circle.
Norwich City are third after drawing 3-3 at home to North Walsham.
Having gone 2-0 up in 15 minutes, with both goals scored by Emily Anthony, City somehow contrived to then have a disastrous half hour when they leaked three goals. And it would have been far worse had it not been for some timely tackles from Suzy Mitchell, a couple of good saves by Gina Hunt and some goalline clearanaces by Leah Collett. Anthony then decided to take things into her own hands and having beaten several defenders she drew the ball back for Anna Horsley to tap in.
Sprowston Ladies were disappointed with a 1-0 home defeat to Ipswich-East Suffolk.
Overall it was an even game with both teams enjoying some good spells of possession and some excellent hockey on display by all.
Sprowston seemed to edge it in the first half and were looking dangerous on attack. Carolyn Fildes, Trish Hagan and Marie Hood were always trying to penetrate the visiting defence but IES were solid at the back and scored the only goal in the second half through excellent strike from the edge of the area.
Norwich Dragons II were beaten 2-1 at home by Framlingham.
Dragons went behind but grew into the game, with Laura Bailey and Saskia Delacave making some good runs upfront, supported by Sarah Radley.
They eventually equalised when a penalty flick was slotted away by Hannah Hardy but with a few minutes remaining, a lapse in concentration allowed Framlingham to nick a winner.
• Norwich City Ladies were taught a harsh lesson when they entertained National Conference side Beeston in the second round of the England Hockey Cup and lost 13-0.
Beeston had warmed up for the match with a 12-0 victory over Liverpool Sefton in the league and it was a shock to the system to play against a side who moved themselves and the ball around the pitch so quickly.