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Evergreens remain in winning form in Empressa League

PUBLISHED: 17:26 07 March 2017

Evergreen keeper Yvonne Clipston making a great save to ensure her side's 2-0 win over Herlings. Picture by Ronnie Heyhoe

Evergreen keeper Yvonne Clipston making a great save to ensure her side's 2-0 win over Herlings. Picture by Ronnie Heyhoe

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Evergreens II were at home to Herlings in an Empressa League Division Two game and won 2-1.

Evergreens lost 2-1 at Herlings only three weeks ago so were looking to get a positive result and made a promising start. They took the lead with a pass from defence to Dee Clipston who crossed to Carole Ransom who passed for Mary Dye to score.

However, Herlings equalised and could have taken the lead before half-time but Evergreens’ keeper made a fine save.

In the second half both teams went in search of a winning goal and Clipston made no mistake with a powerful shot to give Evergreens a 2-1 win.

Dereham Ladies were shown how cruel hockey can be, in a 1-0 Division One North defeat at home to Peterborough.

A sloppy start from Dereham saw Peterborough straight in Dereham’s defensive D and Dereham had to scrap around the goal to clear. With the team then playing some of the best hockey of the season Dereham took control.

But it wasn’t to be Dereham’s day and the first half ended goalless.

Within five minutes of the second half Peterborough scored. No matter what Dereham’s midfield and forwards did, the elusive goal would not come.

The ladies return this weekend at Colchester for another chance to take three points.

It was a case of deja vu for Dereham men. Following a 7-2 defeat at St Albans last week, Peterborough turned the screw late in the game to deliver a 7-1 success.

If taking the first 45 minutes in isolation you could be forgiven for thinking Dereham were scrapping with Peterborough for promotion. Solid at the back, looking dangerous on the break and enjoying prolonged periods of possession, Peterborough had good fortune to thank for their 2-1 first half lead, Dereham’s goal from a CJ Edwards penalty flick.

With fatigue setting in Peterborough’s class shone through plenty of goals interspersing the remaining period.

Less than favourable results elsewhere have shone a stark light on the final fixtures of the season which means win and stay up or lose and rebuild in Premier B next season. Man of the match was Sebastian Hinchcliffe.

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