Dereham are right at home with first half power show
EAST MEN'S LEAGUE: Dereham's excellent home form continued with a fourth league victory of the season at Greenfields Road on Saturday.
The hosts blew visitors St Albans away in the first half, firing four goals without reply.
Richard Stainthorpe started the ball rolling as he followed up his own shot to fire past the keeper. Mark Hunter doubled the advantage with a drag flick into the top corner and Ric Timm made it three with a superb solo effort. Timm was then instrumental in forcing the mistake which led to Stainthorpe's second and Dereham's fourth.
St Albans improved after the break and pulled a goal back with 15 minutes remaining, before adding a second near the end to make the final score 4-2.
A topsy turvy encounter saw Norwich City denied victory by a late equaliser in a 3-3 draw against Cambridge University.
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The students scored twice in two minutes, before Jez Elliott's effort was turned in by Chris Wardale to make it 2-1 at half-time.
City had a player sent off in the second half, but drew level through defender Mark Circuit. Man-of-the-match Mark Warlow's drag flick then gave City the lead, but Cambridge snatched a late equaliser to take a share of the spoils.
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In Division 2N, Norwich Dragons were convincing 4-1 winners against Norwich City II.
Dragons started brightly and Rob Wagstaff gave them the lead from a penalty corner. Rupert Snelling added a second, following up a blocked shot to score from close range. Jason Wolfe's strike from a tight angle made it 3-0, before Matt Brine got one back for City.
Having allowed City to come back from an even greater deficit to win last season, Dragons fought hard to preserve their advantage in the second half and they made the game safe when Snelling converted a penalty stroke.
Norwich City IV came from a goal down to beat Norwich Dragons II 4-3 in a fiercely contested match.
Danny Cheesman sprinted on to Jon Goodson's through ball and rounded the keeper to slot home the opener for Dragons. Tim Crane slammed home the equaliser from a short corner and Ali Clabburn gave City the lead before half-time.
Dragons regrouped and Cheesman's individual strike levelled matters after the break.
The decisive period of play came when Dragons were reduced to 10 men, as Tim Armstrong scored twice for City.
A patched-up Norwich City V team lost 7-3 at Pelicans in Division 5NE.
Mike Marrison gave City the lead, but by half-time they trailed 4-1 and despite further goals from Marrison and John Huntington, Pelicans were comfortable winners.
Norwich Dragons III made it nine wins from nine with a 4-0 success against UEA IV, the goals coming from Adrian Kemp (2), Will Kirby and David Thornton.