Empresa Norfolk Women’s League round-up: Broadland forced to settle for point despite a dream start

The hockey season is well under way.

The hockey season is well under way.

Broadland scored a goal after just 20 seconds in their Premier Division match against Norwich City II and then went two up – but they eventually had to settle for a point from a 2-2 draw.

The game got off to a dramatic start when Dani Parke's miss-timed strike gave the Norwich City keeper no chance as it looped over her head and into the goal.

With the whistle about to go for the end of the half Parke then chased down an optimistic through ball and easily beat the keeper to double Broadland's lead.

City played their way back into the game with some well worked moves and reduced the arrears through Emily Francis before Jessie Withers smashed the ball home after a storming run.

Broadland might have grabbed all the points near the end but for some good covering work by the City midfield.

Norwich Dragons III maintained their 100pc record with a 3-0 victory over Harleston Magpies III, who had also won all three of their games before the weekend.

Dragons took the lead when Natasha Blythe drove into the right of the D and calmly passed to Laura Goodbun to provide the finishing touch. After the break a loose ball on the half way line was quickly picked up by the speedy Goodbun who found the left corner of the goal to make it 2-0.

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The scoring was completed when a pass out to the top of the D found Lauren Laurie who finished in impressive fashion.

Norwich City III came from behind to win 3-1 at UEA II.

Trailing 1-0 at the break, City quickly equalised through a goal from Olivia Greenaway.

This was closely followed by a second from player-of-the-match Milly Brown.

UEA kept fighting but City sealed the win with a text-book goal when Pheobe York put in a pin-point pass to find Leo Wills at the far post.

It was a good day for Carrow who saw off Dereham III 2-0 to record their first win of the season while Harleston Magpies IV hammered Evergreens 6-0 and Loddon beat Pelicans II 3-0.

Norwich Dragons IV made it four wins out of four - and 25 goals – in Division One when they won 5-0 at Harleston Magpies V.

Megan Williams opened the scoring before Sue Cross sent in a shot through a crowded area which somehow found its way in.

Anja Finegan was able to use her pace to trouble the Magpies defence on several occasions and she was rewarded with the third goal.

Issy Wolfe made it 4-0 after the break before Sophie Wood completed the scoring. Player of the match was Chelsea Crawford.

Norwich City IV continued their good start to the season with a comprehensive 6-0 win over Broadland II, scoring three goals in each half.

Amelia Ellis-Baumber and Holly Robinson both scored twice while Anna Horsley and Hannah Bush were also on target.

Diss are the third team in Division One who can boast a perfect record following a comfortable 3-0 victory over Reepham.

Norwich Dragons V hit the goal trail in Division Two, thrashing Harleston Magpies VI 7-0.

The goalscorers were Zara Howes, Rachael Matthews, Helen Marsh, Rachel Bruce, Vicky Earley, Charlotte Pounder and Lisa Harwood.

They lead the way on goal difference from Yarmouth II, 3-0 winners over Watton III, and Beccles, who drew 2-2 with Norwich City V, for whom Rachael Phillips got both goals.

Dragons VI beat Evergreens II 2-0 with goals from Lois McGregor and player of the match Catherine Matthews.