Dereham keep up pressure on leaders
MEN'S EAST LEAGUE; Dereham kept the pressure on Premier B leaders Letchworth with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Ramgarhia.
Ed Turner scored his first goal for Dereham's first team as the visitors remained within a point of the front-runners.
Dereham welcomed back captain Tom Vaughan following the birth of his son and were able to celebrate with a well-deserved clean sheet.
Their defence was staunch throughout, with Richard Timm, Mark Hunter, Ashley Woodyatt and Matt Stainthorpe all outstanding.
After a goalless first half, Dereham eventually broke the deadlock with 15 minutes to go.
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Sam Plater found Turner on the right and he jinked past a couple of players before blasting in a shot low from the top of the D, giving the keeper no chance.
With the last touch of the game, Ramgarhia were awarded a penalty corner but Vaughan saved the deflected shot.
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Letchworth maintained their narrow lead at the top, courtesy of a 6-1 home victory over Norwich City, for whom Stu Wardale scored a consolation goal.
Harleston Magpies II recovered from 4-2 down to beat City of Peterborough II 5-4.
Magpies looked to be cruising at 2-0, with goals from Pete Bale and Sam Moore but Peterborough then suddenly found some form and scored four times before the break.
Magpies got a goal back through Lawrence Baynes and another followed shortly to draw the teams level. A penalty stroke then gave Martin Fields the opportunity to put the home side into the lead, which he duly converted.
A hat-trick from Matt Brine helped Norwich City II to a 4-2 victory over Bourne that consolidated their second position in Division 2NE.
Bourne opened the scoring midway through the first half but City deservedly drew level when Chris Key smashed in a short corner. City took the lead through a direct short corner strike from Brine, only to be pegged back again. A breakaway attack which was coolly converted by Brine restored the hosts' advantage and the same player then scored again to complete the scoring.
In the same section, Norwich Dragons lost a seven-goal thriller as they went down 4-3 at home to Harleston Magpies III.
A see-saw first half produced five goals, with Brown and Wolfe netting for Dragons as Magpies led 3-2.
Dragons played some of their best hockey of the season after the break and levelled when Snelling's shot bounced and spun wickedly into the goal. The game then became more stretched and Magpies scored their fourth from a penalty corner to secure victory.
Norwich Dragons II won 2-0 at North Walsham in Division 4NE thanks to late goals from Richard Powley and Dan Cheesman.
Dragons III beat Norfolk Nomads 5-0 in Division 6NE (Mark Flatman 2, Phil Yorke-Smith, Chris Wilkinson, Alan Quinton).
Norwich City III maintained their good form in 4NE with a 6-1 win at Ipswich IV (Jonny Jones, Guy Marchant 2, Barney Stuttard, Seth Barton and James Cross).
Leaders City IV beat Ipswich Cranes II 4-0 in Division 5NE (Tim Crane, Ali Clabburn, Nigel Cushion, Nathan Taylor).