Norfolk Wrap

Darrell Allen rounds up all the action from the women’s game in Norfolk over the past week (24/5/22).

Above: Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers FC, whose win over North Walsham clinched second place in the NWGFL Division One. Photo: Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers FC.

There was one game on Sunday in Norfolk Women and Girls League Division One which saw third placed Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers face North Walsham Town.

This was a match that Dussindale and Hellesdon were due to host, but there was a switch and so the fixture took place at North Walsham’s Greens Road.

Following their midweek win over Thetford, Dussindale went into this game knowing they needed just a single point to finish above Fakenham Town in second place.

Dussindale didn’t waste time going about accompanying their mission. A brace from Vicky Leyer within the first five minutes saw them off to the perfect start. Shanice Sutton got her first of the afternoon on 14 minutes before Leyer completed her hat trick and got Dussindale’s fourth on 16 minutes. Tallulah Bell was next to find the net to get the fifth, and before the interval, there was time for Sutton to complete her hat trick and get Dussindale to a 7-0 lead.

Above: Vicky Leyer (right) – scorer of seven goals for Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers in their 18-0 win over North Walsham Town. Photo: Richard Brown.

It only took a few minutes into the second half for the next goals to arrive as captain Calista Tink made it eight and that was followed by Charlie Head further adding to the tally. Leyer was back amongst the scoring to make it double figures before Chelsea Brister made it 11. Leyer and Sutton were having their own goalscoring competition on the afternoon and for the season’s golden boot with Sutton adding the 12th and making it 4-4 between Leyer and Stutton for the afternoon. The 13th arrived when Captain Tink does what she does best rising highest to head home into the corner. 

Sutton became the highest scorer on the day with her fifth and Dussindale’s 14th. Leyer then decided she wanted to be the star of the day scoring a further hat trick to take the lead to 17-0. The final goal of a thumping 18-0 win was an own goal.

A stunning win and exhibition of clinical finishing saw Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers leapfrog Fakenham Town to finish second.

Table From: FA Full-Time
Above: University of East Anglia, who clinched promotion to the top tier of the NWGFL with victory over Caister at the weekend. Photo: UEAWFC.

There was also one game to finish the season in Division Two as University of East Anglia (UEA) hosted already confirmed champions Caister.

The game was played at FDC Open Academy on a 3G surface. The first act of the afternoon was a penalty to UEA which was emphatically converted by Lucy Gooding and UEA had a single-goal lead at halftime.

Rachel Lawrence doubled UEA’s lead very shortly after the interval before Caister halved the advantage thanks to a goal from Bethany Turner. The best goal of the game was next when Kirsten Spooner curled a brilliant finish into the top corner. Caister replied again through Ellie Hills but Ella Burnley had the final say when she made it 4-2. There was time for Burnley to be denied a brace when she had an effort cannon off the underside of the bar in stoppage time.

This was a really good win to end the season for UEA. With Caister winning Division Two and UEA finishing as runners-up, both will play Division One football next season replacing Thorpe St Andrew and North Walsham in Norfolk’s Premier League. 

A big thank you for all your support for my Norfolk Wraps this season, one of my most popular features and they will return in the new season.

Table From: FA Full-Time.

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