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Fine finale for the champions

PUBLISHED: 15:29 31 March 2011

Diss Ladies 5, Dereham 0

HOCKEY: Champions Diss Ladies played their last game of the season at home to promotion hopefuls Dereham.

The away side needed at least a draw to have any hope of going up and started the game on the offensive trying gain the upper hand. For the opening stage of the game Dereham were the better side, forcing a good save from Sue Moore in the Diss goal.

This spurred Diss on and after 20 minutes Lucy Kershaw put Diss in front with a great shot from a short corner.

Now Dereham had to attack if they were to stand any chance of promotion but they got caught out when Blakely raced away and put the ball in the D for Diss’ leading scorer Glover to make it 2-0 at half-time.

Dereham needed to up their game and they threw everything at Diss in the second half but great defending by Comer and Everett kept the away side out. If the ball did come through, Moore in the Diss goal was in no mood to be beaten and she made two excellent stops.

Diss then killed the game with a goal from Glover, her 36th of the season. Dereham didn’t give up but just had no answer to the blistering pace of Blakely on the right.

She capped a fine individual performance by scoring Diss’ fourth. Diss weren’t finished and Blakely once again broke free up the pitch, played a one-two with Kershaw then crossed the ball in for Diss captain Howard to calmly stroke the ball past the Dereham keeper for a final score of 5-0.

The scoreline slightly flattered Diss but the result showed how far the side has come this season. Diss PoM: Tash Blakely.

Top goal scorer: Toni Glover, 36. Players’ player: Toni Glover. Most improved: Emily Comer.

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