Century of goals sends Dragons up
EAST MEN'S LEAGUE: Norwich Dragons clinched promotion from Division 3NE with a 5-1 win at Bury St Edmunds. The convincing victory took Dragons past the 100-goal mark for the season and with title rivals Harleston Magpies III losing, they now stand two points behind the leaders with a game in hand.
Norwich Dragons clinched promotion from Division 3NE with a 5-1 win at Bury St Edmunds.
The convincing victory took Dragons past the 100-goal mark for the season and with title rivals Harleston Magpies III losing, they now stand two points behind the leaders with a game in hand.
The Dragons' goalscorers on Saturday were Alex Browne (2), Damien Bunting, Richard Moulson and Rupert Snelling.
Norwich City were unable to contain Harleston Magpies II in their Premier B Division encounter, although the 5-1 scoreline was harsh on the beaten hosts.
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City skipper Pete Morgan had a shot saved early on, before Magpies missed a glorious chance when their forward rounded the keeper but shot wide.
Jeremy Pilch went close for City, while Chris Perry's drag flick hit a post and Morgan's effort looped off the keeper's pads and just over the bar as the first half remained goalless.
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The visitors enjoyed a purple patch after the break, finding the net three times, before Morgan beat three players and pulled the ball back for George Anthony to score on his City debut.
Adie Land hit a post as Norwich tried to force a way back into the game, but instead Magpies added two more goals in the dying minutes. The frustration told as Pilch received his marching orders, but City know victory against relegated Ipswich II next week will go a long way towards sealing their survival.
In Premier A, Dereham grabbed a crucial three points at bottom side Wisbech with a 4-0 victory on Saturday.
Despite a below par display, Dereham managed to grind out a result which has enhanced their chances of survival.
Dereham keeper Tom Vaughan kept Wisbech at bay early on and the visitors went ahead through Andy Lawrence's penalty flick, following a strong run on the right flank from Ed Turner.
Shortly before the break, Lawrence doubled the advantage with a sharp strike from a penalty corner.
Laurie Hill added a third as Dereham dominated the second half and their defence was rarely troubled by Wisbech. Just before the final whistle, Lawrence completed his hat-trick with another well-struck short corner.
Dereham were unable to build on that result when they hosted Havering on Sunday, as the hosts were beaten 3-2.
The home side took the lead through centre forward Mike Timm, following a superb run and cross from Sam Plater.
Havering won a short corner from which Mark Timm deflected a shot into his own net, leaving the sides level at half-time.
The visitors started the second half in positive fashion and went ahead following another short corner, but Lawrence continued his good scoring form to bring Dereham back on level terms.
Another deflected short corner gave Havering victory, leaving Dereham with three games to ensure their survival.
Norwich City IV and Pelicans III played out a drab 1-1 draw in Division 5NE.
City took an early lead when Tim Crane's cross was forced in via a deflection by Richard Sparrow.
An injury to centre back Jon Rush proved disruptive for Norwich, who conceded an equaliser from a short corner in the second half.