Women’s East League: Fired up Norwich Dragons hit back to claim hard-fought win against Wapping
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Having taken a point from the Premier Division leaders West Herts the previous week Norwich Dragons kept up the good work with a 2-1 home with over Wapping.
The visitors took the lead against the run of play but Dragons continued to apply the pressure and got their reward through an excellent drag flick by Kate Trelawny-Gower.
The Dragons' run of bad luck with injuries continued with Sophie Mullan and Nat Beal the lastest casualties. Mullan was able to continue after treatment but Beal, who suffered a head injury, was unable to play on.
At half-time the game was deadlocked at 1-1 and that is the way it stayed until the closing minutes when Dragons were awarded a short corner. Trelawny-Gower saw her attempt saved but Hayley Toleman picked the perfect time to score her first goal for the Dragons on her home debut by placing the rebound into the corner.
Harleston Magpies II also had an excellent afternoon as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on West Herts.
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After a goalless first half Magpies went behind but this brought the team to life and Katie Ogden stepped up to drag flick the ball home from a short corner to bring the scores level. Then, in the final minute, Magpies were awarded another short corner and Ogden again flicked the ball high into the net to seal the win.
Dereham turned in an excellent display to draw 1-1 at leaders Bedford II in Division 1N. They took the lead when Evie Gardner converted a penalty flick and held their advantage for the majority of the game before the hosts grabbed an equaliser.
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North Norfolk and Watton continue to struggle at the foot of the table, losing to Cambridge City II (2-8) and Cambridge University (1-5) respectively.
Norwich Dragons II maintained their 100pc record in Division 2NE but they were pushed all the way before winning 1-0 at Panthers.
From the outset, Dragons dominated possession but they came up against a stubborn defence, who were set up with large numbers behind the ball. Hannah Ellis and Laura Tompson-Wright worked well on the flanks, supported by Sophie Thomas and Ally Windsor-Waite in the wide defensive positions.
Early pressure got its reward, with Laura Shreeve combining well with Ellis, who slotted the ball into the D, finding Marcy Windsor-Waite in good space and she fired home via a deflection.
The second half started and ended just like the first, with Dragons forwards of Aoife Lowe-Davies, Shreeve and Hannah Hardy trying to move the Panthers' defensive line to create some space.
However any glimmer of light was quickly shut out.
Late into the game infringements outside the D were converted to short corners for Panthers, one of those being slipped left to Kim Love, whose strong goalbound effort was well saved by Freddie Briscoe.
Norwich City have still only conceded once all season as they bounced back from their narrow defeat at the hands of the Dragons to beat their second team 6-0, with Rachel Reynolds notching a hat-trick, Rebecca Green scoring twice and Mollae Scott also on target.
For the seconds Joy Andrews and Rishika Kaushal held the back line with strength and determination with Kaushal earning herself a well-deserved player-of-the-match award.