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.
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.