Women’s East League: Youngster makes mark for Dereham
A battling Dereham side were beaten 3-2 by Ipswich II in their first away game in Division 1N.
Dereham were slow to get going and a combination of last ditch tackles and fine saves from Jess Webb kept the score at 0-0. But midway through the first half Ipswich fired a quick brace to go 2-0 up. This spurred Dereham into a action and a superb counter attack resulted in Becca Taylor pulling a goal back.
The second half saw Dereham begin to have more possession but it was Ipswich who scored at the crucial time. Bex Hazell, just 15, scored a superb reverse stick shot to set up a tense finale but Dereham were unable to find a third goal.
After defeating Lowestoft last week Harleston Magpies II had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Wisbech.
Magpies conceded an early goal and shortly after found themselves defending a short corner which new goalkeeper Siobhan Cleeves saved.
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Magpies started to attack with pace but Toni Glover and Anouska Hipperson were just off target.
The visitors finally got their equaliser after the break. Hipperson skilfully found a Wisbech foot in the D and as play was waved on she calmly slotted the ball over the advancing keeper. Overall this was a very encouraging display from a squad which consisted of eight under-18 players.
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There was a derby match in Division 2NE with Norwich Dragons beating their second team 4-2. The first team started at a very high pace, passing the ball around and scoring through player of the match Laura Sheeve. They stretched their lead with a goal set up by Gail Thomas and finished coolly by Natalie Beal, and another from Shreeve made it 3-0 at half-time.
The seconds started the second half brightly and some tireless running from debutant Klara Moolman saw them force a couple of short corners, which were both well dispatched by Saskia Delacave to bring the game back to 3-2.
At this point the game could have gone either way but Shreeve completed her hat-trick with a smart finish to wrap up the points.
Broadland lost a thrilling game at Ipswich and East Suffolk, eventually going down 4-3.
Broadland's Dani Parke, on a hat-trick with 10 seconds left, could have earned her side a point but failed to convert a one-on-one with the keeper.
The hosts moved into a 2-0 lead before Broadland pulled a goal back when Parke effortlessly lobbed the keeper at a penalty corner. Much against play IES scored twice in as many minutes, but Broadland came back with two efforts of their own from Carre Mills, with a strong finish, and a Parke strike to set up an all action final 10 minutes.
Norwich City had to content themselves with a 1-1 draw with Loddon. Following Emily Anthony's screamer of a short corner strike inside two minutes credit has to be given to Loddon for the way they defended for the rest of the game before grabbing an equaliser.