East Men’s League: Lawrence’s treble fails to secure points for Dereham

Dereham maintained their outstanding home form on Saturday before suffering their first Premier A Division defeat of 2012 the following day.

The double header weekend started with a 2-1 victory at home to Bishop's Stortford.

The visitors gained a deserved lead in the first half, before Ric Timm seized on a loose pass to level the scores.

Dereham struck the winner early in the second half when Michael Timm beat three defenders before rounding the keeper to score.

Stortford pushed hard for an equaliser but Dereham held firm.


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On Sunday, Dereham lost 4-3 at relegation battlers Wapping.

The hosts went ahead, but Andy Lawrence smashed home from a short corner and then doubled his tally soon afterwards with a similar strike.

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A deflected shot levelled matters again before Wapping took the lead at the end of the first half.

Lawrence completed his hat-trick from another short corner after the break, only for Wapping to snatch a last minute winner.

Norwich City produced a spirited display at home to Premier A leaders West Herts.

City blunted the visitors' attack in the first half and went close to taking the lead when Chris Wardale deflected a shot goalwards but the keeper managed to somehow keep the ball out.

West Herts went ahead 10 minutes into the second half and added two more in the final five minutes.

In Premier B, Ramgarhia's title hopes were dented in a 5-3 defeat at Wisbech.

Gary Freear and Bradley Apted gave Wisbech a two-goal lead, but by half-time the visitors had turned things around with three goals of their own.

Sam Blunt took charge in the second half, firing a hat-trick, consisting of a tap-in, a drag flick from a short corner and a reverse stick shot.

Pelicans eased their relegation fears in Division One with a 7-2 win against Cambridge City II.

Goalscorers for Pelicans were Simmons, Corbett (2), Templeman (2), Page and Vinson.

In Division 2N, Norwich City II travelled to already relegated Cambridge Nomads II and won 5-2.

James Bradley-Watson opened the scoring for City, but they then fell behind before Matt Brine (2), Bradey-Watson and Charlie Horn sealed the win for City.

Norwich City III drew 3-3 against Ipswich & East Suffolk II with goals from Tim Crane, Andy Cook and Ali Clabburn.

In Division 5NE, Norwich City V picked up a crucial win against fellow strugglers Dereham V.

Goals from Joe Konieczny and John Huntington (2) gave City a 3-1 victory.

Josh Shippey's goal for Wisbech IV could not prevent a 2-1 defeat at leaders Louth in Division 5NW.

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