Phillips' late intervention
M&A PARTNERS NORFOLK WOMEN'S AND EAST WOMEN'S LEAGUES: Norwich City II secured a crucial, last gasp victory at fellow strugglers Evergreens in the Premier Division. City started with intent and forced a string of penalty corners, but were unable to convert any of them.
Norwich City II secured a crucial, last gasp victory at fellow strugglers Evergreens in the Premier Division.
City started with intent and forced a string of penalty corners, but were unable to convert any of them.
Evergreens responded well in the second half and City had to battle to keep them out. Their resistance was rewarded in the final minute as they won a penalty corner and the ball was played to Sue Tomlinson, who slipped a pass to Hannah Phillips and she struck the winning goal.
Panthers began the second half of the season in style, smashing six past Watton II.
Goalkeeper Natalie Brooks and captain Rachel Mayes returned to the Panthers side after injury and their side dominated throughout, with Helen Morter and Becky Amies producing some effective set pieces. Panthers led 2-1 at half-time and added four more goals in the second period, with Anna Barker named as player of the match.
In Division One, Beccles were held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Norwich Dragons III.
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Beccles started strongly, winning three consecutive penalty corners in the early stages and they broke the deadlock with the final one, as Max Gibbs' terrific shot slammed into the backboard.
Dragons were dangerous on the break and keeper Lorraine Greenwood had to make a couple of important saves to preserve Beccles' lead going into the break.
It took just one minute after the restart for Dragons to pull level and seven minutes later they had forged ahead. Beccles got back on level terms when Jodie Smith collected the ball and swerved through the defence to just inside the D, where she hit an unstoppable shot to equalise.
Broadland II leapfrogged Loddon II in the Division Two table in emphatic style with a 6-0 success.
A sweeping move saw Broadland take the lead, with Nikki Richards applying the finish. Danni Parke snapped up a half chance to double the score before Broadland's star player, Abi Dennison, rifled in a third.
With Loddon now in complete disarray, Parke found acres of space to add the fourth and Becky Savoury made it 5-0 just before half-time.
Loddon, prompted by Laura Raven - playing in midfield rather than her usual position in goal - rallied in the second half, but their stubborn resistance was finally broken when Lindsay Hyde hit an unstoppable shot from the edge of the circle to complete the rout.
t Ellen Vanlint struck the only goal of the game as North Walsham beat Sprowston in East Women's League Division 2NE.
After a competitive start to the match, Sprowston became the dominant force, with Walsham keeper Marie Meale making some fine reaction saves.
However, a quick break from the back set up Vanlint to fire home, after Nicky Pye's effort was saved by Sharon Weeks.
Walsham conceded several short corners in the second half, but their defence held strong and they might have doubled their lead when Charlotte Else burst through, but was unable to apply the finish.
Natalie Beal, Becky Baker and Gail Thomas got the goals as Norwich Dragons beat their second team 3-0.