East Men’s League: Dereham record best ever start
Dereham moved up to third in the Premier A Division after hitting Wapping for six on Saturday.
The 6-1 success at home to the east Londoners – who started the day level on points with their hosts – secured Dereham's best ever start to a season at this level.
Dereham thought they had taken the lead in the 15th minute when Mark Hunter rattled a penalty corner drag flick high into the Wapping net, only for the match officials to correctly rule out the strike for an infringement at the top of the circle.
It proved to be only a minor setback, with Dereham taking the lead a minute later when Richard Stainthorpe forced an error from a Wapping defender before moving past the keeper and passing into an open net. Dereham quickly established a 3-0 lead thanks to an own goal and a superb strike from Mike Timm, who smashed a fierce effort into the net following a wonderful run and pass from elder brother Mark.
Dereham maintained their dominance in the second half and moved into a 4-0 lead when Hunter scored a penalty stroke after Mike Timm was denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Wapping gave themselves a lifeline with 20 minutes of the match remaining through a fine penalty corner effort, but Dereham made the score 5-1 when Mark Timm scored the simplest of tap-ins.
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Plater earned Dereham's second penalty stroke of the game, with Hunter again stepping up to convert before Stainthorpe hit the crossbar late on.
Harleston Magpies remain second after they also produced a goal-laden display, winning 7-1 at lowly Ipswich.
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There was little sign of things to come as Ipswich took the lead following a misplaced pass from Andrew Bedwell.
Eventually the pressure from the visitors proved too much as Tristan Baynes clinically dispatched a drag flick from a penalty corner. Harleston then took the lead as Sam Moore slotted home the first of his brace of goals.
After the break Baynes grabbed his second of the game from another drag flicked short corner. Tommy Graham then got in on the scoring, beating the keeper from close range.
Graham added his second with a clean reverse stick shot and Moore then won possession before tucking away his second and Magpies' sixth.
Graham put the icing on the cake by completing his hat-trick after rounding the keeper to score.
The two in-form Norfolk sides face each other at Weybread this weekend.
Norwich City fell to a 3-1 defeat at Ramgarhia in Premier B.
The hosts took the lead in the first half from a short corner drag flick and were unlucky to have a second goal disallowed when the ball was adjudged to have gone out of play. City drew level early in the second half when Jim Pallister drove forward and fired a pass to Dave Skinner, who deflected the ball in.
Ramgarhia went back in front and as City chased the game, they added a third from a short corner.
Leaders Wisbech maintained their 100pc record, but were made to work hard for their 4-3 success by bottom of the table Colchester.
James Mansfield put Wisbech ahead as they went into half-time with a narrow lead.
Colchester stunned the hosts with an equaliser early in the second period and added two more quick goals to lead 3-1.
Wisbech needed a goal-line clearance from Ben Allsop and a point blank save from James Sheppard to stay in the game, before Dan Martell reduced the deficit.
Gary Freear equalised and Sam Blunt got past the keeper to supply an assured finish for the winner.
Norwich Dragons were beaten 3-2 at Bury St Edmunds in Division 2N.
After falling behind, Dragons pulled level from their first penalty corner as Alex Browne smashed the ball home.
Bury then established a two-goal advantage and although Jason Wolfe got one back for Dragons, they could not conjure an equaliser.
Norwich City II beat Pelicans II 10-0 in 3NE (Matthew Brine 3, Adie Land 3, James Hall 2, Paul Gallop, Stuart Wardale).
Norwich Dragons II made it five wins from five in 4NE with a 2-0 victory against Ipswich & East Suffolk III. Piers Gordon-Brown put the Dragons in front and Dan Cheesman added the second.
Norwich Dragons III also boast a perfect record in Division 5NE following a 2-1 win against Ipswich & East Suffolk IV.
Second half goals from Will Kirby and Adrian Kemp gave Dragons their fourth successive league win.
Dragons' fourth team enjoyed a 2-0 win against Sudbury IV, with goals from Dave Thornton and Michael Whitmore.