Women’s East League: Norwich Dragons bounce back to secure hard-fought victory

Norwich Dragons HC Ladies 1s goalscorer Sophie Mullan celebrates her goal during the 3-2 win over Br

Norwich Dragons HC Ladies 1s goalscorer Sophie Mullan celebrates her goal during the 3-2 win over Broxbourne. - Credit: Archant

Norwich Dragons bounced straight back from last week's disappointing defeat when they beat Broxbourne 3-2 in their latest Premier Division fixture.

The hosts were ahead within five minutes at the Den, a great team effort ending with Hayley Toleman finding in-form Kate Trelawny-Gower in space who finished in fine style.

Broxbourne drew level from a short corner routine but Dragons continued to put their visitors under pressure and forced a penalty stroke which Emma Tabrett converted for her first goal of the season. The Dragons had Broxbourne against the ropes and were rewarded five minutes before half-time when Toleman drove the ball to the back line and pulled it back to find Sophie Mullan who fired the ball into the corner.

Broxbourne came more into the match in the second half and got a second goal but Dragons defended well, with the experience of Donna Vaughan and player of the match Lizzie Moulton helping them see the game out.

Harleston Magpies II travelled to Saffron Walden and came away with a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

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Within 10 minutes Magpies' pressure paid off with a great move involving Ellie Tennant and Kara Kilbourn leading to a short corner. A clever dummy slip from Kath Johnson to Mel Ludlam led to a well-struck goal to put the Magpies ahead.

Saffron Walden came back strongly and equalised through a short corner of their own before the break.

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Katie Woollatt, Catriona Maclver and Rachel Herod all caught the eye in the second half but Magpies had to settle for a point.

Dereham maintained their excellent form in Division 1N when they beat Bury St Edmunds 2-1 to move to the top of the table following Bedford's defeat at Wisbech.

Dereham started well and had several chances with fine shots from Evie Gardner and Holly Allen. The Bury goalkeeper made countless saves but eventually the pressure told and a goal came from talented youngster Charlotte Seaman.

Dereham continued to pile on the pressure in the second half but the Bury keeper again made some incredible saves before sloppy marking allowed the visitors to equalise.

Dereham dug deep and with only five mintues to go a long ball through found Gardner who beat two Bury players and then the keeper with a brilliant reverse stick finish.

Elsewhere in the division improving Watton drew 2-2 with Cambridge City II to move off the bottom of the table with that position now being held by North Norfolk, who were beaten 2-1 at home by Lincoln.

In Division 2NE the top two went marching on with Norwich Dragons II winning 2-0 at UEA to maintain their 100pc record and Norwich City beating Ipswich III 6-0.

Dragons scored an excellent team goal within the first eight minutes to settle any nerves with Gail Thomas, Aoife Lowe-Davies and Hannah Hardy all involved in a move which was finished off in impressive style by Laura Shreeve.

The all important second goal came after the interval, with Natalie Beal smashing the ball home.

Norwich City have still only conceded one goal all season following their emphatic win. Ellie Brine led the way with a hat-trick while Lizzie Cheeseman, Danni Garwood and Angela Hindle also scored.

Dragons remain five points clear at the top of the table.

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