Dereham off the mark as City remain rock bottom

EAST MEN'S LEAGUE: The derby clash between the Premier A Division's two Norfolk sides saw Dereham claim their first points of the season with a 4-1 win, leaving Norwich City still waiting to get off the mark.

Dereham had already beaten City in the cup this season and they soon forged ahead on Saturday when Rob Turner buried a reverse stick shot low into the bottom corner.

The lead was doubled when, following a short corner, Andy Lawrence drilled a low shot into the net.

City reduced the arrears when Dave Skinner outpaced the Dereham defence and squared the ball for Jez Elliott to roll it into an empty net.

Dereham continued to drive forward in the second half and when Andy Howarth broke from defence, the ball fell to Mark Braybrook and he slammed home a shot from the top of the D.

Turner doubled his tally with another reverse stick strike towards the end of the game to wrap up a comprehensive win for Dereham.

Dereham's second team were beaten 3-1 at Norwich Dragons in Division 2N.

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The visitors had won their first three games without conceding a goal, but that record was broken when Rupert Snelling opened the scoring for Dragons from a penalty corner.

Dereham equalised before half-time, but after the break, Alex Browne restored Dragons' advantage. The hosts made the game safe when Browne fired home from the top of the circle.

Norwich City III collected a 2-1 win at home to Harleston Magpies IV in Division 3NE.

Magpies took the lead but Chris Baker's goal made it all square at half-time. Guy Marchant netted the winner in the second half from a short corner.

Norwich City's fourth team came from 5-2 down to win 6-5 at Watton.

Watton had scored twice from short corners before Luke De Pear Brown pulled one back for City, but the hosts then increased their lead to 4-1.

Sam Mathews dragged one back from a short corner before half-time, but another defensive error after the break gifted Watton a fifth.

City missed a penalty flick, but Tim Armstrong started the comeback with their third goal. Mike Marrison raised hopes further with a successful penalty flick and the equaliser came from Tim Crane.Watton were now reduced to nine men and the winner was scored by De Pear Brown, with City keeper Simon Bullen producing a fine save near the end.

In Division 5NE, Norwich City V beat Sudbury IV 2-1, with Joe Konieczny and Richard Sparrow on target.

Norwich Dragons III crushed Norwich City VI 6-1 in Division 6NE. Adrian Kemp bagged a hat-trick for Dragons, with Mike Banham adding a brace and Chris Wilkinson also on the scoresheet.

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