Women’s East League: Norwich Dragons go into the break with a spring in their step

Donna Vaughan, who scored Norwich Dragons' opening goal.

Donna Vaughan, who scored Norwich Dragons' opening goal. - Credit: Archant

Norwich Dragons made the long journey home from Kent with smiles on their faces after recording a hard-fought 2-1 win at Canterbury II to make it three straight Premier Division wins.

As expected, Canterbury started strongly and put the visitors on the back foot but great defending all over the pitch, especially from player of the patch Hollie Limmer and Emily Rolls, kept them out.

Dragons gradually worked their way into the game and were rewarded with a short corner which captain Donna Vaughan fired home. Dragons' second goal quickly followed as another short corner ended with Kate Trelawny Gower expertly drag-flicking into the corner.

The hard working Dragons continued to play the ball around well after the break and although Canterbury converted a short corner of their own the visitors held on for an excellent three points.

Harleston Magpies II's scheduled home fixture with Cambridge City was postponed.

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Division 1N leaders Dereham maintained their position after beating bottom of the table North Norfolk 2-0 at Cromer.

Dereham soon started to pass the ball around, resulting in a great ball forward from captain Georgie Edwards to Lauren Healy, whose strike forced the keeper to make an early save. Newcomer Alice Gill then passed to Becky Loveday whose ball into the D was picked up by Becca Taylor. Her first shot was saved by the keeper but she pounced on the rebound to make it 1-0.

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Dereham continued on the attack with some great movement from Charlotte Seaman and benefited from numerous short corners but none were converted. Finally they got some luck during a short corner which was stopped on the line by a North Norfolk foot, resulting in a penalty flick which was neatly slotted away by Georgie Edwards to make it 2-0 at half-time.

That was the way the score stayed until the end, with Dereham going into the break six points clear at the top.

Norwich City and Norwich Dragons II went marching on at the top of Division 2NE.

City won 5-0 at Christchurch, with Rachel Reynolds setting up Ellie Brine for the first of her four goals in the first half.

After the break City's forwards continued to make excellent lead runs, with player of the match Lizzie Cheeseman showcasing her skills and breaking through Christchurch's defence with ease. Reynolds found the target and a further three goals for Brine made it a comfortable win. It's still just one goal conceded all season for City going into the break.

Leaders Dragons II were given a tough game by Newmarket before winning 1-0 to maintain their 100pc record.

Dragons started well with strong attacks by Natalie Beal, Laura Shreeve and Aoife Lowe-Davies but Newmarket held firm and the first half ended goalless.

The breakthrough finally game early in the second period. Following good work on the left, Shreeve picked up the ball and went on a mazy run across the D, eventually firing goalwards and captain Hannah Hardy got her stick to the ball to poke home.

Dragons were now firmly on the front foot, with Gail Thomas working hard in midfield alongside Shelly Seaman, Karen O'Neill Simpson and Laura Tompson-Wright, to break up play and ensure Dragons continued to pressure the Newmarket goal. Further opportunities came and went - but 1-0 was the final score.

It was Dragons' 13th win of the season - an achievement borne out of hard work and ultimately great teamwork. Whilst the scoreline didn't quite reflect the game in terms of possession, it was the three points the team had set out to achieve.

Norwich City II lost 4-1 at home to Yarmouth in the same section, with Kirstin Allen scoring the consolation goal.

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