Hockey victories impress

NORTH Walsham travelled to Lowestoft Railway for their final game of the season, in the knowledge that a win would secure them second place in Division Two. They won 3-0.

In a sustained attack Hayley Massingham hit a post in the opening minute. Great passing through midfield found Sandra Gates in space. She took the ball into the circle and she gave Walsham the lead in the opening five minutes.

Hannah Wait had a rasping shot which brought a fantastic save from the Lowestoft keeper. Lizzie Cheesman showed class in the middle of the park, weaving through the defence and passed to Hayley, whose shot went just wide.

Minutes later, Lizzie made a sweeping pass to Hannah, who again shot just wide.

With only two minutes played second half, Shauna McDougall set up Denise Wait to score the second goal.

Shots from Denise and Hannah went wide, but continued hard work paid off when Hayley's shot hit a post and was easily converted by Hannah.

Walsham started to tire, and Railway ran at the defence, which stood solid, superbly marshalled by Bobby Pye with good defending by the two youngsters, Alice and Ayla.

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Team from: L Potter, B Pye, J Marshall, S Gates, S McDougall, D Wait, H Massingham, L Cheeseman, H Wait, L Clements, A Clohisey and A Spells.

SHERINGHAM & HOLT PANTHERS, having secured second place in the Premier Division, really turned on the style in their final game of the season with a superb display of team hockey.

Each member had an outstanding game. The first goal came early when Georgina Stannett put in a cross from the right wing for Gail Rudd to fire home.

Soon afterwards Zoe Gotts was on the score sheet with a tremendous shot from a penalty corner.

But for a superb display from the Evergreens' keeper the score would have been much higher. Panthers' third goal came from another penalty corner, an unstoppable strike from the top of the area from Gail Rudd.

After half-time Panthers' pressure was relentless and the fourth goal came from a well-taken shot from Tracy Toyn. The final Panthers' goal came again from a penalty corner with Gail Rudd completing her fifth hat-trick of the season. Final score: 5-0.

Every Panthers player has reason to feel proud of after a wonderful season in the league. Special mention again to youngster Hattie Hobart who has improved tremendously.

REEPHAM'S last game of the season against Norwich City produced another solid performance from the whole team.

Reepham took an important lead into the half-time break though their captain Katie Lake. A great through-ball from Nai Summers picked out Lake perfectly. She took on the defence and slipped the ball past the keeper.

Reepham still had the slight edge in the second half, the midfield picking up the ball well and distributing it to all areas of the pitch. Their wide players kept City alert in their defence with their probing runs.

Reepham's defence and keeper were always aware of City's quick breaks and they too rose to the challenge and kept a clean sheet.

Alice Buxton was proving lively up-front when she was added to Reepham's attack.

From a short corner routine Dawn Fisher, regrettably playing her last game for the club, let a cracking shot fly past the keeper.

On the stroke of full-time Reepham were awarded another penalty corner.

Again the ball was received by Fisher who hit a post with her initial shot, but Katie Lake got behind the keeper to knock the ball home for a fitting hat-trick.

Result: Reepham Ladies 4, Norwich City 0.