Dereham’s six-shooters setting pace
MEN'S EAST LEAGUE: Once again Dereham hit their opposition for six on Saturday to maintain their 100pc record and remain top of the Premier B section.
Sam Plater opened the scoring with a blistering shot and added a second shortly afterwards after more slick passing. The third goal was a classic counter-attack, with Richard Stainthorpe on hand to apply the finishing touch. With man of the match Richard Timm pulling the strings Dereham were unstoppable and Plater completed his hat-trick before half time.
It wasn't long before it was five, with Michael Timm converting a flick after Will Edwards had been felled in the D.
Dereham were guilty of taking their foot off the pedal, allowing Peterborough to score twice before Edwards, who had been working tirelessly up front. finally got his reward. Peterborough pulled back a couple more goals to make the final score 4-6, but Dereham's lead was never seriously threatened.
Dereham lead the section on goal difference from Ramgarhia, who maintained their perfect record with a 6-3 win at Pelicans.
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Norwich City fought back from two goals down to earn a point at Long Sutton but will still berate themselves for not picking up three points.
Sutton opened the scoring with eight minutes of the first half remaining. Norwich started the second half brightly but it was Sutton who doubled their lead with a cruelly deflected strike.
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Jeremy Elliott pulled one back for Norwich with a fine strike with 16 minutes left. Norwich then had a series of short corners and Chris Perry finally equalised to set up a frantic finish.
With three minutes left Morgan was felled in the D and the umpire awarded a stroke but Perry's strike hit the post and the visitors had to settle for a point.
Also in Premier B Harleston Magpies II beat Cambridge Nomads 4-2 to register their first points.
Dereham II were beaten 5-3 at home by Broxbourne in Division 1 despite being far from outplayed. With keeper Phil Kerridge missing a game for the first time in two seasons the hosts conceded twice in the opening five minutes. Just before the end of the half, James Nash turned a half chance into a wonderful goal as he beat his defender before sending a low shot into the corner.
After the break Broxbourne took two of their chances to go 4-1 ahead. Dereham sensed they could get back into the game when Mark Braybrook converted a penalty corner with a drag flick and Nash threw an aerial pass into the opposition half and Graeme Campbell pounced to hammer a shot between the onrusuhing keeper's legs.
But as Dereham pushed for the equaliser they were caught on the break and Tom Rivett conceded a penalty stroke which was converted.
After the huge disappointment of the previous week Norwich Dragons travelled to Cambridge University II in Division 2N and slipped to a 1-0 defeat.
Dragons started slowly and the students scored what proved to be the only goal midway through the first half when a cross from the right of the circle was expertly deflected into the roof of the net.
Though Dragons upped their work rate in the second half they could not find a way to score.
Norwich City II, fresh from successive victories, were beaten for the first time this season when they lost 5-2 at home to Cambridge City III.
City opened the scoring when Stuart Wardale's shot was adjudged to have crossed the line, but the visitors hit back to move 2-1 ahead at the break. Cambridge soon made it 4-1 and, after Will Marshall had received a yellow card for a poor stick challenge, they increased their lead still further.
City added a modicum of respect to the scoreline when Ben Cushion scored a good individual goal.
Norwich City III lost 5-2 at Lowestoft Railway, with Gabriel Marchant and Chris Baker netting.
City IV beat Watton 3-2 to move to the top of Division 5NE (Tim Crane, Luke de Pear-Brown, James Dorling) while City V were beaten 4-2 by Ipswich Cranes II (Jon Kidner 2).
Norwich Dragons III lost 2-0 at Holt Harlequins, with Mark Flatman being chosen as man of the match after an impressive debut.