Dereham Men are relegated after losing final game

Norwich Dragons Ladies' first team, who finished the East League Premier Division season in fourth p

Norwich Dragons Ladies' first team, who finished the East League Premier Division season in fourth place. Picture: NORWICH DRAGONS - Credit: Archant

Dereham were relegated from Premier A of the East Men's League at the weekend after a six-year stay in the top division.

They needed to win their re-arranged final fixture at home to mid-table Ipswich to move out of the bottom two but ended up losing 5-3 after going 3-2 ahead early in the second period.

Dereham found themselves 2-1 down after an eventful first half which saw them concede from both a penalty flick and a short corner. The hosts replied with a short corner conversion of their own from midfielder Ed Turner.

They then equalised early in the second half after forward Will Dewing had won a penalty flick which was calmly converted by midfielder CJ Edwards. Dewing was involved again as Dereham took the lead, deflecting the ball into the roof of the net. Sadly for the home side Ipswich equalised not long after and scored two more as Dereham pushed for the win they needed.

It was a final day to forget for Harleston Magpies, who were hammered 10-1 at City of Peterborough in their re-arranged fixture.

Norwich Dragons Ladies rounded off their season in style by beating visitors St Albans 5-3 to secure an excellent fourth placed finish in the Premier Division.

The hosts made a poor start, going behind to an early penalty corner strike before conceding again from open play to go two down.

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But they soon found their stride and got back in it when Liv Leary crossed for the waiting Hayley Toleman to convert. The Dragons started to control play and were back on level terms before the break, with Stacey Lee running past the last line of defence and firing past the keeper.

The second half saw some of the best play the Dragons have produced all season. Ten minutes into the second half they got their noses in front for the first time when Lee passed with pinpoint accuracy to Toleman, who rounded the keeper and put the Dragons 3-2 ahead.

Lee then stretched Dragons' lead with a superb finish after linking up with Liv Thomas before, with 10 minutes left, Marie James found Toleman who slipped it left for the oncoming Aoife Lowe-Davies to convert.

St Albans pulled one back from a penalty corner but the Dragons were home and dry by then.

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