Women’s East League: Lauren is back with vital touch
The match of the day in Division One North saw two unbeaten teams go head to head – with Harleston Magpies 2nds inflicting a first defeat of the season on Bury St Edmunds.
With a number of players unavailable, Magpies made several changes, one of which saw Lauren Barber make a rare appearance for the seconds having been playing for the firsts since midway through last season.
And she made her presence count by laying on the only goal of the game for Emily Brown in the second half.
Magpies spent most of the first half camped in the Bury half. But the closest they came to scoring was when Frances Taylor's short corner strike was deflected in off a defender's foot – but the goal was disallowed.
In the second half player of the match Lucy Whiting applied constant pressure on the Bury defence but the visiting goalkeeper was equal to anything thrown at her until Barber and Brown combined for the winner.
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The result took Magpies clear because Ipswich 2nds, the division's other unbeaten team, were held 1-1 by Wisbech.
Meanwhile, Dereham moved up to fourth after a 4-0 win at bottom club Ipswich 3rds. After Bex Hazel opened the scoring from a one-on-one with the goalkeeper Dereham dominated the first half with further first half goals from Gemma Nicolls and Rachel Cramp and completed the rout with a goal from Milly Denton from a counter attack started by a great tackle from Heather Morgan.
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In a Norfolk derby at Lynnsport, Pelicans beat Watton 3-2.
The visitors twice went ahead but Pelis turned the game round to win with an own goal and strikes from Heidi Cone and Jane Proctor.
There was a late scare with a last play penalty corner – but Pelicans held on for a hard earned win
In Division 2NE Broadland were able to celebrate their first win of the season after beating Panthers 1-0 at Sheringham.
The only goal came in the early stages of the second half, when Helen Brockington, Broadland's star player, worked the ball to Holley Becker. Her powerful run and shot was charged down by the Panthers' keeper but Dani Parke followed up to net.
Norwich Dragons kept the pressure on leaders Yarmouth – who beat North Walsham 2-0 – with a 7-0 win on their old stomping ground at Loddon.
Dragons shared Loddon's ground for three years, but there was no sentiment on show as they dominated from the start. Claire Baker put them in front with a reverse stick shot and a good run by Hannah Roney set up Natalie Beal for the second.
Captain Hannah Roney made it three from a short corner, and in the second half Dragons were even more ruthless.
Neat work between Roney and Beal made the fourth for Baker before Beal added two more to complete her hat-trick. Beal's fourth, and Dragon's seventh, came after determined work from Baker in the D.
Norwich Dragons 2nds were also successful, moving up to fourth with a 3-1 win over Ipswich & East Suffolk, despite having been forced to shuffle their pack. All their goals came in the second half from Saskia Delacave, Sarah Radley and Laura Bailey with Maria Wheelen replying.
Norwich City are third after a comfortable 3-0 win at Sprowston at Langley School. Early pressure was rewarded when Alex Woods gave City an early lead, but it took until three minutes into the second half before player of the match Emily Anthony converted a short corner to double the advantage.
Sprowston had two very good chances on the break, but their failure to convert left City to make the game safe when Woods scored her second of the game with 10 minutes left.
Battling performances from Polly Curtin and Helen Aston led the resistance for Sprowston.