Women’s East League: Norwich Dragons put poor run of form behind them
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Norwich Dragons put a poor run of form behind them when they beat Ipswich II 3-2 in the Premier Division of the East League.
The Dragons, who had been defeated in their last four games, fielded one of their youngest starting 11s for many seasons and went behind early on. But when a short corner routine was saved by the Ipswich keeper it fell to stand-in skipper Donna Vaughan, who finished in style.
Ipswich took the lead for the second time but just before half-time the Dragons responded through a drag flick by Kate Trelawny Gower.
In the second half the Dragons came alive and started believing in themselves and were rerwarded when a short corner delivered by Shelly Seaman found Trelawny-Gower on the post to steer home what proved to be the winner.
Dereham went marching on at the top of Division 1N when they beat St Ives 4-1. Captain Georgie Edwards scored their first goal to equalise and then Evie Gardner notched her second successive hat-trick to complete another impressive win.
At the other end of the table Watton finally got their points tally moving when they beat visitors Letchworth 2-1 but North Norfolk lost again, going down 5-0 at home to Cambridge Nomads
In Division 2NE Norwich Dragons II continue to lead the way, although they are still being pushed hard by a Norwich City side who have yet to concede a goal in seven matches this season. Dragons' latest win came at Christchurch, with the match ending 5-2 to the visitors.
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Despite a slowish start, Dragons managed to take the lead following some strong work from Hannah Ellis which led to a goal from Hannah Hardy. Christchurch continued to press and eventually got a deserved equaliser before the break.
An early breakthrough at the beginning of the half saw Marcy Windsor-Waite make a good run and her goal-bound effort was helped over the line by Laura Shreeve.
The pace of Shreeve and Aoife Lowe-Davies was causing Christchurch problems and the two linked up to enable Shreeve to score her second. Christchurch got it back to 3-2 but Lowe-Davies got a well deserved goal before Shreeve completed her hat-trick.
The win maintained Dragons' 100pc start but Norwich City are only two points behind them after beating Yarmouth 2-0 to maintain their superb defensive record. Their scorers were Mollae Scott and Angela Hindle.
Norwich City II, with Sue Tomlinson doing a fine job as stand-in manager, were beaten 3-0 at Framlingham. Maz Doble stepped in as goalkeeper, despite having two other games on the same day.