Women’s East League: Norwich Dragons punished after failing to take their chances

Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s forward Sue Cross takes a shot at goal in the 1-0 win over Harleston Magpi

Norwich Dragons Ladies 4s forward Sue Cross takes a shot at goal in the 1-0 win over Harleston Magpies V. - Credit: Archant

Norwich Dragons travelled to Tunbridge Wells hoping to end their run of three consecutive defeats – but the home side had other ideas.

The Dragons started the brighter of the two teams and dominated for the first 20 minutes but they did not take their chances and it was goalless at the break.

The second half saw the Dragons press forward and they were awarded a number of short corners but none were taken and the hosts took the lead. This proved to be fatal for the Dragons who lost their shape as the clock was ticking down and Wells got their second from a short corner routine with 10 minutes left to complete a 2-0 win.

This was frustrating for the Dragons as they had the better of the chances but in this league if you don't take them you get punished.

Harleston Magpies II remain a point ahead of Dragons in the Premier Division table in sixth place after losing 1-0 at Canterbury II.

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After an exhausting journey Magpies started well and the forward line consisting of Tor Findlay, Anna Tighe, Rachel Herod and Georgie Minta, managed to force a deserved short corner but a great strike from Lauren Mickleburgh was well saved.

Canterbury took the lead before the break and after a well fought second half the scoreline remained the same. Kira Wooltorton deserves a special mention after staying on the pitch after taking a stick to the head.

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Dereham went marching on at the top of Division 1N as a superb performance from Evie Gardner helped them to a 5-2 win at Letchworth.

Gardner scored all five goals, with a hat-trick putting her side 3-0 up at the break and another couple easing the nerves after the home side had pulled it back to 3-2.

North Norfolk were beaten 6-2 at St Ives while fellow promoted side Watton had a day to forget, losing 10-0 at Wisbech.

The top two in Division 2NE went marching on, with Norwich Dragons II continuing to lead the way and Norwich City still yet to concede a goal after six matches. In perfect conditions at the Den, Dragons extended their 100pc record by beating Framlingham 3-0.

Dragons could not have got off to a better start, with initial pressure resulting in a smartly taken first goal for Pollyanna Watson after being set up by Gail Thomas. The second goal followed midway through the first half, with an excellent effort by player of the match Aoife Lowe-Davies.

The second half saw a similar pattern and Thomas made it 3-0 from a well worked short corner routine.

Norwich City won a tight game at UEA 1-0, with Rachel Reynolds scoring the crucial goal.

It was another week of disappointment for the City's second team who were beaten 3-0 at home by fellow strugglers Ipswich III.

City started brightly with some driving runs from Gussie Welsh and Emily Francis. These led to early chances which never quite found the backboard and against the run of play Ipswich broke and a shot inside the circle found a defender's stick and looped up and over Edie Mason, leaving her with no chance.

City kept battling away but Ipswich scored twice after the break to wrap up victory.

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