Dereham boosted by Timm treble
EAST MEN'S LEAGUE: Cambridge University students were taken back to school on Saturday as Dereham taught them a lesson in attacking hockey as they ran out 4-2 winners in Premier A.
Dereham worked their way into the game, and soon took the lead with a counter attack. Richard Stainthorpe found Michael Timm on the left hand side of the D who beat two defenders before shooting from a narrow angle.
Cambridge pulled a goal back from a short corner, which proved to be their main threat. Just before the half-time whistle, Timm made it third time lucky as he latched on to Rob Turner's through ball, and drilled the ball under the keeper before he had a chance to get down to make the save.
Dereham started the second half with the same vigour, and it wasn't long before Timm was able to complete his hat-trick as he beat a couple of defenders at the top of the D before firing home a reverse stick shot.
Mark Hunter was then able to make it 4-1 with a drag flicked short corner high to the keeper's left. The students pulled another back from a short corner of their own, but were unable to get anything further from the game.
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Bottom side Norwich City also had a positive result in Premier A, returning from Wapping with a 3-3 draw to close the gap on the sides above them.
Dave Skinner scored twice for the visitors, with Jez Elliott also on target.
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Norwich Dragons ran out 6-3 winners in a hard-fought contest at home to Bury St Edmunds in Division 2N.
Bury broke the deadlock, converting their first short corner of the game with a slick routine. It didn't take long for Bury to extend their lead with a second short corner conversion, leaving Dragons with work to do if they were to preserve their 100pc record at their new home. The goal spurred Dragons into life, and within two minutes they pulled a goal back through Garnett Jones. Despite this boost for Dragons, Bury struck again to regain their two-goal advantage.
With half-time looming Dragons managed to reduce the arrears through Gareth Green. Dragons levelled matters in the second half through Steve Woodward and Jason Wolfe gave them the lead after a swift counter attack. Rupert Snelling bagged a brace late on to put a gloss on the scoreline.
Norwich City II lost 4-3 against Sudbury in a thrilling game. Sudbury came flying out the blocks and raced into a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Matthew Brine pulled one back before the break before in the second period both sides traded short corners to make the score 4-2.
Richard Silvester's fine solo effort was nothng more than a consolation for his side.
Dereham II stole the points against a plucky Gorleston side at the weekend. Graeme Campbell opened the scoring for Dereham before James Lavers doubled their money. But Gorleston rallied and levelled matters in the second half but Dereham held their nerve with Chris Vernon getting the winner on his debut.
Norwich City III were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Pelicans II in Division 3NE. Nick Colman opened the scoring for City but Pelicans rallied in the second period with two quick goals which looked to have handed them the points.
City however did not give up and after some quick passes and a great pass from Mark Fletcher the ball was converted into the back of the net by James Savage.
Norwich City IV overcame UEA II with a strong performance in Division 4NE. Tim Armstrong broke the deadlock but UEA came roaring back into the contest to make it 2-1. Armstrong grabbed his second to level the scores shortly after and Chris Perry gave City the lead. It was a lead they were never likely to lose and further goals from Perry and Armstrong completed the scoring.
Norwich City V were soundly beaten by Ipswich-East Suffolk in Division 5NE. Luke de Pear put City in front but Ipswich's class told thereafter with four goals.
Norwich Dragons III beat Norfolk Nomads II 4-0 with a fine display. Andy Key bagged himself a brace and Mike Banham and John Ives also got on the scoresheet.