Women’s East League: Norwich Dragons keep up the good work with hard-fought draw

Action from Saturdays Empresa Norfolk League Premier Division relegation battle between Fakenham E

Action from Saturdays Empresa Norfolk League Premier Division relegation battle between Fakenham Evergreens and Carrow which ended with a 1-1 draw.Picture: RONNIE HEYHOE - Credit: Archant

Norwich Dragons stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier Division to five games after coming away from fellow high-flyers St Albans with a pleasing 1-1 draw.

Dragons started well, with their forward line continuously causing problems, and when Emma Tabrett found Hayley Toleman on the base line, her pull-back was confidently struck home by player-of-the-match Rachel King.

St Albans came into the game as the half came to a close and were denied an equaliser when Olivia Thomas cleared off the line.

Despite the best efforts of the Dragons' defence St Albans equalised only minutes after the restart. This didn't deter the visitors, who continued to play the ball confidently and create some good chances.

Aoife Lowe-Davies went on a good run before slotting the ball to Stacey Lee who saw her sweeping shot somehow saved by the stick of the diving keeper, who denied Dragons again before the final whistle went.

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On Saturday Dragons travel the short distance to Harleston Magpies II, who have improved considerably since being thrashed 8-0 at the Den on the opening day of the season.

After losing their opening six games Magpies have been beaten just once in their subsequent six, with their latest positive result being a 1-1 home draw against second placed Bromley and Beckenham.

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Dereham are in danger of getting cast adrift with fellow strugglers Tunbridge Wells at the foot of the table. They played host to leaders West Herts on Saturday and were well beaten 4-0.

It was an excellent day for Norwich City in Division 1N as they recorded a narrow victory – and moved to the top of the table into the bargain.

A goal from Olivia Williams was enough to see off visitors Lindum 1-0 and with morning leaders Saffron Walden drawing 4-4 at Cambridge City II it was enough to take City to the summit on goal difference.

Norwich Dragons made in 10 points for a possible 12 when they saw off visitors Spalding 3-1.

The home team created early opportunities, with the two Windsor-Waites Ally and Marcy causing problems on the right hand side, but it was Spalding who scored first.

Dragons didn't panic and after being awarded a penalty corner on the stroke of half-time Pollyanna Watson dragged out firmly, Gail Thomas received and passed accurately to Karen O'Neill Simpson who who fired inside the post.

With less than five minutes gone in second half, Pip Howes found Hannah Hardy at the top of the D. From there she turned and pushed the ball firmly goalwards, beating the keeper just inside the right hand post.

From then on Dragons forced the pace and they sealed the points late in the game when Laura Shreeve picked up a loose ball to slot home.

In Division 2NE the coastal derby between Yarmouth and Lowestoft ended goalless.

Leaders Bury St Edmunds won 6-0 at Panthers to go marching on at the top while Watton beat Dereham II 4-1 and North Norfolk were beaten 2-1 at home by Christchurch.

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