Dereham hit new heights

Dereham registered a convincing 3-1 home victory against Blueharts, who were a top three side last season, to move into the top half of the Premier A table for the first time in their history.

Dereham registered a convincing 3-1 home victory against Blueharts, who were a top three side last season, to move into the top half of the Premier A table for the first time in their history.

As in previous games, Dereham were quickly off the mark with a swift counter-attack as captain Mark Timm fed the ball to his brother, Mike, who nutmegged the keeper before slotting home from a narrow angle.

Mark Hunter, who had kept his cool in the face of some fierce tackling, added the second when he bravely threw himself at the ball to score after Steve Jackson had hit the post. Hunter did not have the chance to celebrate, however, as his momentum saw him collide with a post and, for the second week running, his game was ended early by a trip to hospital.

Blueharts had a man sent off when he dived on the ball to prevent a goal and from the resulting penalty stroke, Mark Braybrook added Dereham's third.

Despite being a man short, Blueharts produced their best hockey of the game and pulled a goal back following a comedy of errors in Dereham's defence.

Harleston Magpies are top after two wins from two, the latest being a tense 3-2 success at home to Broxbourne.

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The hosts took the lead when Andy Hipwell lobbed the keeper using his reverse stick and Hipwell then doubled his tally from a penalty corner.

Broxbourne responded well and scored early in the second half, but Harleston restored their two-goal cushion when Chris Barber rounded the keeper and squared for Neil Toulson to tap home.

They had the chance to kill the game off from the penalty spot after Barber was flattened, but the opportunity was missed and Broxbourne made it a nervy finale as they scored a second goal from a

well-worked short corner.

Wisbech opened their Premier B account in style with a 4-0 demolition of Bury St Edmunds.

Brad Apted beat two defenders before putting Wisbech in front and Jon Shippey added a second with a powerful strike from a short corner.

Drew Harvey hit the third, latching on to a rebound after Apted's shot was saved and Sam Markille completed the scoring, tapping home from close range in the second half.

Norwich City slipped to a 4-0 defeat at City of Peterborough II.

A depleted Norwich City III hung on for a 1-0 victory at UEA in Division 3NE, Mark Brighton scoring the

all-important goal.

Harleston Magpies IV's young side performed well but could not prevent a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Sudbury II, with both goals coming in the second half.

North Walsham were beaten 4-3 at home by Bury in 3NE. Richard West had put Walsham ahead before Bury struck twice, but Ed Sadler-Barker pulled Walsham level again. Bury netted twice more and although Olly Whitwood made it 4-3, there was not enough time for Walsham to force a point.

Thetford Town went top of Division 5NE after a 6-2 demolition of Norwich City IV.

Lee Godbold completed a first half hat trick after City had equalised his opening goal.

Gary Scott and Alan Snow made it 5-1 before City pulled another one back, but Godbold struck his fourth to complete the convincing win.

Norwich Union IV overcame adversity to take a 2-2 draw from their trip to Norfolk Nomads in 5NE.

Ten-man Union were forced to play an outfield player, Andy Key, in goal, but goals from Ady Kemp and Mike Banham secured a draw and the visitors finished the game on top, although they could not find a winner.

A youthful Norwich City VI side claimed a 1-1 draw at Norfolk Nomads II. Daryl Greig put City ahead before James Halls equalised.

t Rob Meyer scored for Norwich Colts, but they lost 4-1 to their North Walsham counterparts.