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Matches go to form in top flight of Empresa Norfolk League

PUBLISHED: 09:28 05 December 2017

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Norwich Dragons III remain three points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a game in hand on their closest rivals after an emphatic 6-0 win over Norwich City IV.

Ally Windsor Waite opened the scoring after just five minutes and Dragons shrugged off the loss of Jess Haw to a facial injury by stretching their lead to 3-0 at the break, with Windsor Waite converting a cross and Sam Franklin latching on to a deflection from Lauren Lawrie.

It was a similar story after the interval, with Windsor Waite completing her hat-trick from a short corner and Debs Smith following suit before Lawrie made it six.

It’s as you were at the top, with all the leading sides claiming maximum points.

Broadland kept in touch with the pacesetters after claiming a 4-0 victory at the UEA II while Dereham II saw off Loddon 4-1, Norwich City III beat Dragons V 1-0 and Lowestoft Railway put three heavy defeats behind them by brushing aside Dragons IV 4-0.

Broadland dominated from start to finish and went ahead midway through the first half when Helen Harper powered home a loose ball at a penalty corner. UEA conceded again just before the break when Helen Kelly jinked through to slot home.

After the interval Harper lashed home her second before top scorer Lydia Lawrence walked the ball over the line for their final goal.

City’s thirds were rewarded for a bright start to their game when Emily Spencer converted a first half penalty corner. There was some defending to be done after the break but the home side held firm to take all three points.

The remaining top flight game saw Evergreens beat Harleston Magpies IV 3-0.

Division One leaders Broadland II were also too strong for student opposition, winning 3-1 at UEA III. Captain Sophie White struck home a perfect penalty corner and Nikki Baker doubled the lead minutes later in similar fashion. Baker later powered home Broadland’s final goal before Katy Rowen pulled one back.

Second-placed Pelicans II came away from Watton II with a 4-2 win while Magpies V consolidated third spot by beating Carrow 2-1.

Division Two pacesetters Lowestoft Railway II and Dragons VI both won 3-1 away, at Breckland and Pelicans III respectively.

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