East Men’s League: Leaders show no mercy as Norwich are hit for six

Eleven goals in four games from Ben Watson helped Norwich Dragons Under-16s secure place in Nationa

Eleven goals in four games from Ben Watson helped Norwich Dragons Under-16s secure place in National Indoor Finals in Wolverhampton in January. Dragons saw off the representatives of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex in the East Regional Indoor tournament at UEA. Pictured from left to right are Jonty Gosling, Ben Watson, Rohan Kaushal, Ben Nkrumah, Tom Harris and Alex Bilalis-Stone (Tom Williams was also in squad). Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Norwich City suffered a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of new Premier B leaders Havering in their final match before the Christmas break.

The home side took the lead 10 minutes in but this was to be short-lived as City managed to equalise midway through the first half on one of their few forays into the opposition half. A foul by a Havering defender gave City a free-hit in a dangerous position and the ball found its way to the far post for Pete Morgan to touch in.

City were unable to stay on level terms going into half-time as an unmarked forward at the far post deflected the ball high into the net to give the home team the lead.

City struggled to maintain any sort of grasp on the game in the second half and were constantly under pressure from the home side, whose slick passing and unrelenting work-rate left their opponents floundering. Havering proceeded to score a further four goals to prove they are worthy of their lofty position at the head of the table.

City, who were relegated last season, go into the festive break in mid-table, with little prospect of going either up or down.


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A hard overnight frost led to a number of fixtures being called off across the Eastern Counties and Harleston Magpies and Dereham both had an unexpected day off in the Premier A Division. Magpies had been due to travel to Cambridge City II and Dereham to Wisbech, but the weather intervened and Harleston lost top spot as a result, with closest rivals Wapping beating City of Peterborough 2-1. The London side are now two points clear of the previous leaders, having played the some number of games.

Pelicans continued their good run in Division 1N with a 5-3 win over Brentwood while in Division 2N Norwich City II gave their hopes of staying up a huge boost when they beat North Norfolk 1-0.

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City struggled to make an impact in a goalless first half and Graham Britton gave the team a stern talking to as only one short corner had been created. He wanted an improved second half and he got it.

City got the winner they deserved 15 minutes from time as some superb build-up play involving Matthew Brine, Will Marshall and Sam Tomlinson saw the ball reach Richard Silvester who knocked it home past the helpless keeper.

After being undefeated in four games Norwich Dragons maintained their fine form with a 5-2 victory over Cambridge City III to consolidate third position in the division.

Some brilliant switch play led to early first half goals from Rory Jackson and Rupert Snelling. Cambridge made it 2-1 early in the second half but continued attacking play from the Dragons meant that the goals kept coming, with Jackson and Al Brown (2) wrapping up the game before the visitors scored a consolation.

In Division 3NE Norwich City III came away from Lowestoft Railway with a hard-fought 4-3 victory. City found themselves 1-0 down at the break and the hosts made it 2-0 just after the break. Sam Sharples then reduced the arrears before Railway stretched their lead again but the visitors finished strongly to take the points, with Dan Cheeseman, Rees Leonard and Ali Shearer on target.

Norwich Dragons III left it late to record another win in Division 4NE, with Rob Goodson setting up Adam Sayer for the goal that earned them a hard-fought 1-0 success against Newmarket II.

City IV beat UEA II 2-1 (Ali Wardale, Joe Konieczny) while City V saw off Watton by the same scoreline (David Kidner, John Kidner).

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