Women’s East League: Norwich Dragons still looking for first win of the year

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Norwich Dragons' difficult run in the Premier Division since the Christmas break continued when theylost 3-0 at home to Tunbridge Wells to slip to a third consecutive defeat.

The hosts put their opponents under some early pressure but were knocked backed when, completely against the run of play, Wells took the lead from a short corner routine.

Dragons continued to enjoy the majority of the possession in the first half with player-of-the-match, Sarah Richards catching the eye, but they were unable to convert their chances.

Almost immediately after the restart Wells got their second. This clearly dampened the Dragons' spirits and Wells went on to score a third through another short corner, with captain Rebecca Ross completing her hat-trick.

Harleston Magpies II were also beaten at home by Kent opposition, losing 3-1 to Canterbury II. Magpies started well but Canterbury took charge as the half progressed and were 2-0 up at the break.


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After a positive team talk Magpies went in search of the vital next goal which came when Tor Findlay lifted the ball over the advancing keeper. The midfield, including the returning Lauren Mickleburgh, Lucy Field, Abby Gooderham, Mel Ludlam and Ellie Tennant, worked hard but their efforts were not rewarded as the visitors scored a third towards the end.

Dereham retained their five point lead at the top of Division 1NE with an emphatic 7-0 victory over Letchworth. After applying almost constant pressure Dereham took the lead when Holly Allen provided the finishing touch after a fine move involving Chloe Short, Lauren Healy and Alice Gill. This fired everyone up and Becca Taylor made it 2-0 before the break. The points were all but secured within the first few minutes of the second period when Georgie Edwards scored a deflection on the right post off another penalty corner. The same player quickly made it four with a cracking shot before Taylor tapped in number five.

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Evie Gardiner then got in on the act with a lovely reverse stick shot before a superb goal from Gill completed the scoring.

In the same section Watton beat Wisbech 4-3 to record only their second win of the season and boost their hopes of avoiding the drop while the one side below them, North Norfolk, were beaten 4-2 by St Ives.

Norwich Dragons II made it 16 wins out of 16 in Division 2NE with a comprehensive 6-0 victory at Framlingham. Buoyed by the addition of Niamh Lowe-Davies to the squad, Dragons went in front when Marcy Windsor-Waite pounced on a loose ball. The second goal came soon afterwards when the ball was squared to Hannah Hardy, who swept home.

Natalie Beal joined the fray midway through the half and added a third after linking up with Laura Shreeve.

The game followed a similar pattern after the break with further goals coming from from Hardy, Alfie Lowe-Davies and Shreeve.

Norwich City maintained their remarkable record of only having conceded one goal all season as they edged past the UEA 1-0 with Ellie Brine getting the goal. But they remain eight points behind the Dragons, with one game in hand.

Norwich City II drew 2-2 with Ipswich III in a battle between the two bottom sides in the division.

After going behind early on Norwich played some lovely attacking hockey which led to Olivia Broadway levelling. Ipswich restored their lead before the break but Norwich came out fighting in the second half and got the equaliser they deserved through Abbie Ingham.

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