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Norwich City Ladies’ run of draws continues

PUBLISHED: 08:36 05 December 2017

Jack Hobbs takes on a St Albans opponent during Saturday's big match at Harleston, which the visitors won 2-1. Picture: Pat Leate

Jack Hobbs takes on a St Albans opponent during Saturday's big match at Harleston, which the visitors won 2-1. Picture: Pat Leate

Patricia Leate

Norwich City are now six points behind leaders Harleston Magpies II in Division One North after sharing the spoils for the third weekend in succession.

They had to be content with a 2-2 draw at Colchester after going ahead when Krystal Bishop carried the ball wide and neatly put it away into the corner.

Colchester turned the match on its head before half-time by scoring twice from short corners, the first time this season City have gone into the break chasing the game.

They then successfully defended a number of set-pieces before player-of-the-match Harriet Johnson slotted home to ensure honours ended even.

Magpies, who have a game in hand, went marching on at the top as they thrashed visitors Wisbech 7-0 to make it 10 straight wins.

Dereham are now just three points adrift of City in fourth after beating lowly visitors UEA 3-1 while Lowestoft won 3-1 at St Neots and Watton went down 5-1 at Bedford II.

Norwich Dragons remain third from bottom in the Premier Division after losing 2-0 at Cambridge University, the side immediately above them in the table.

It was goalless at half-time as a depleted Dragons side gave a good account of themselves. But early on in the second half a loss of possession allowed a Cambridge player to drive into the D and fire home and the students later doubled their lead from a counter-attack.

Captain Sarah Jenkins was Dragons’ player-of-the-match while Kiera Goymour, coming up from the seconds, looked solid in defence.

There is nothing in it at the top of Division Two North East, with a solitary point separating the top four. Hannah Bush scored a hat-trick and Rosie Humphrey was also on target as Norwich City II moved firmly into title contention by beating morning leaders Ipswich & East Suffolk 4-3 while Dereham II dropped to third behind Ipswich II after going 2-0 to North Norfolk at Cromer.

Norwich Dragons II were held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Bury St Edmunds. They earned a short corner midway through the first half which was executed to perfection by Emma Tabrett but Bury returned home with a point after equalising in similar fashion after the break.

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