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Reepham Ladies 2, Norwich City II 4REEPHAM found themselves 3-0 down early on in their Martin & Acock Premier Division game against a pacy Norwich City side.

Reepham Ladies 2, Norwich City II 4

REEPHAM found themselves 3-0 down early on in their Martin & Acock Premier Division game against a pacy Norwich City side. Reepham stuck at their game and started to work their way back.

A goal from Katie Lake before half-time set them on their way to believing they could get something out of this game.

City continued to come at Reepham in the second half and without some great saves from Carina Carter in the Reepham goal they could have opened up the gap even wider.

Reepham too were quick on the break and looking dangerous as they went forward.

Katie Lake pulled the score back to 3-2 and Reepham looked like they were in with a chance.

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A mistake in the Reepham defence opened up for City's fourth goal and as the game went on this proved a too great a lead for Reepham to recover.

Another gutsy team performance is pleasing to see and is a positive Reepham can take into their next game against Norwich Dragons who like them are fighting to regain their place in this division.

North Walsham 2, Norwich City 0

THIS was a hard fought Norfolk Development League game and required North Walsham to show determination and resilience with one player down.

NW soaked up initial pressure from City to release captain Lucy Spencer on a solo run to hammer the ball home.

The game was then end to end with quick breaks by both sides in the first half, but City never quite managed to threaten in the circle as North Walsham's midfield covered back and sweeper Lizzie Cheesman attacked every oncoming move.

As expected, City came out fighting in the second half, chasing every ball in numbers but North Walsham defended strongly and keeper Danni Cooper made a crucial save.

Hannah Catling, under continuous pressure moved the ball forward with great awareness, and a more confident performance by Hannah Wait in the second half led to North Walsham attacks on both sides of the pitch.

Hayley Massingham had several good chances, which on another day would have probably resulted in goals. A converted short corner by Lucy Spencer was then disallowed but this spurred North Walsham on and the result was sealed when Lucy Spencer put the ball away from an acute angle a few minutes from the end.

NW are looking for more players for the development squad for next season. If you are interested, please contact Mary Cheesman 01692 404624.

North Walsham IV 0, Dereham V 4

THIS match between teams at opposite ends of the division was always going to be a challenge for North Walsham's development team but the youngsters rose to the challenge magnificently and the good-humoured game was enjoyed by spectators and players alike.

The score remained 0-0 until three minutes before half-time, with North Walsham putting Dereham under some pressure. Lee Muirhead, making a welcome return to the club, and Alex Robinson, on his debut, worked tirelessly in the midfield and the team as a whole worked well together, playing some good passing hockey. They could not capitalise on their possession in the circle, however.

In the second half Dereham were given more space and they took greater control of the game, using their experience to put together some practised goal scoring routines. North Walsham produced some good quality hockey and this season continues to be a learning experience for the newly-formed team.