Beaten Norwich suffer double disappointment
EAST MEN'S LEAGUE: Norwich City were unable to pull off the double over Dereham as they lost the Premier B derby 4-2.
City were 4-3 winners against the leaders in October and went ahead on Saturday when a mix-up in the home defence allowed Charlie Horn to walk the ball into an empty net.
Dereham regrouped and drew level when Ed Turner won a short corner which was converted by Sam Plater.
Soon afterwards, Plater's drag flick put Dereham in front as the hosts took control of the game. Dereham added a third early in the second half when Michael Timm beat a couple of defenders before smashing a reverse stick shot past the keeper.
Plater was upended when clean through on goal and the resulting penalty flick was despatched by Timm. Horn's flick pulled one back for Norwich, who then had a late goal ruled out, but Dereham claimed the victory to move five points clear of their beaten opponents at the top.
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In Division 2N, Norwich Dragons slumped to a 3-1 home defeat against Ely City.
Dragons took the lead when a quick passing move opened up the visitors' defence, Alex Browne's shot hit a post and Garnett Jones lifted his shot into the net. Ely forced an equaliser with a simple tap-in before the break and in the second half they went ahead from a short corner. A late penalty flick for Ely compounded Dragons' misery.
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Norwich City II beat Cambridge University III 4-2 (Toby Leonard 2, Richard Silvester, Tom Hindle).
Norwich Dragons II held on for a 3-2 victory at Ipswich & East Suffolk II in Division 4NE.
First half goals from Simon Nisbet and Hywel Williams gave Dragons the upper hand, but Ipswich got one back soon after half-time. Dragons' third came against the run of play as Dan Cheeseman finished expertly. Ipswich got a second with 10 minutes remaining.
Nigel Cushion's brace helped Norwich City IV win 4-1 at home to Dereham V in Division 5NE. James Cross and Tim Crane were also on target for City.
Division 5NE high-flyers Norwich City V and Bury III shared the points in an exciting 3-3 draw.
Bury went ahead shortly before the break and a second half short corner allowed them to double the lead. A deft deflection made it 3-0 and with seven minutes remaining, City looked dead and buried. Guy Marchant then flicked in from a short corner and two minutes later the deficit was reduced further when Nick Colman scored. City were awarded a short corner as the final whistle blew and Haren Patel converted to snatch a deserved point.
In Division 6NE, Norwich Dragons III picked up a 3-2 win against Holt Harlequins II with goals from Mike Banham, Will Kirby and Geoff Roberts.
• On Sunday, Dereham were beaten 4-2 by West Hampstead in their HA Trophy fourth round clash.
Sam Plater's reverse stick finish put Dereham ahead, but two quick goals gave Hampstead the advantage. Dereham drew level when Matt Stainthorpe smashed a volley past the keeper, before a penalty flick and a short corner strike handed the visitors victory. Norwich City also exited the competition, beaten 3-1 at Tulse Hill & Dulwich.