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Broadland 3, Beccles 0

Beccles certainly gave Broadland a run for their money as they battled relentlessly in this Premier Division M&A Partners league game.

Beccles had an excellent first half and played some lovely team hockey. They created scoring opportunities, but again, being one player down, (this week on the forward line) they were unable to capitalise on them. Annette Freeman worked extremely hard up front and on several attempts nearly made it right through.

The Beccles defence, as always, stood firm with Ali Foreman twice rushing across the D to tackle the oncoming Broadland player to prevent a shot on goal.

However, two well executed goals, in the 17th and 20th minute gave the home team a 2-0 lead at half time.

The Beccles keeper, Lorraine Greenwood, pulled off several crucial saves throughout the game to keep a very respectable score line.

With seven minutes to go and following a short spell of constant attacking from Broadland, the umpire played advantage giving Broadland their third goal of the game.

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This week Beccles are at home to Evergreens 12pm start.

n The previous week, Beccles hosted Thetford first team and won 3-0.

With Theford only managing to field 9 players, and Beccles having to play without a keeper for the first 15 minutes, this was still a very exciting game with plenty of action from both sides.

Beccles welcomed back Sharon Wenham after a long absence and her contribution was invaluable including stopping an almost certain goal. Heather Brand who gave Beccles the lead, following a shot right on the edge of the D.

Beccles also welcomed Joanna Beale who made her debut for the team and did an excellent job.

Nine minutes into the second half and following plenty of action in the D, Laura Ashworth managed to find the small space and give Beccles a 2-0 lead.

Near to full time, Max Gibbs took a strong free hit which Debbie Mann, positioned on top of the D, deflected passed the defenders and the ball went through the keepers legs to make the final score 3-0.

Loddon Ladies 3, Christchurch 2

Loddon entertained Christchurch, the first time that the two teams have ever played against each other.

Christchurch started the stronger team and were rewarded by a goal within 5 mins.Loddon soon started to contain Christchurch and were rewarded by a spectactular goal from their captain, Kate.

Loddon continued to apply the pressure and did some great passing moves which resulted in a further individual goal from Kate.

The start of the second half saw Christchurch apply most of the pressure and this resulted in a second goal.

Loddon continued to show great team spirit and determination and Kate Hartland scored a third goal for Loddon.Christchuch had numerous short corners which were defended well by Ruth, Gemma, Sally and Tash and Christchurch were unable to score, resulting in a much needed win for Loddon.

This week Loddon are away to North Walsham.

n Loddon Ladies II v North Walsham II lost 3-1 to North Walsham.

Loddon struggled to gain any possession and found themselves two down at half-time.

The match was evenly fought after the break and although North Walsham scored again, a great effort by Claire Richardson saw a quick reply. Loddon went after another goal, leaving gaps at the back, but dogged defence and a great debut for Chelsea Bell in the midfield saw the game finish 1-3.