East Men’s League: Norwich City on brink of relegation after lesson from students

Norwich City's slim survival hopes in the Premier A Division receded further with an 8-2 defeat at Cambridge University.

The hosts took the lead after three minutes when a short corner was deflected in and they added three further goals before half-time.

A fifth followed early in the second half before Bob Hammond pulled one back following good work on the right from Mark Circuit.

Cambridge regained control to score twice more, with Dave Skinner adding City's second from a short corner. The students had the last word with their eighth goal, leaving City six points adrift with three games remaining.

Dereham bounced back from a disappointing defeat at St Albans on Saturday to beat Ipswich 4-0 at home on Sunday.

St Albans made a strong start and opened the scoring on 15 minutes from a short corner.

Dereham hit back and from a short corner of their own, the initial shot was saved but Richard Stainthorpe buried the rebound.

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Both sides had players sent to the sin bin and it was while Dereham were reduced to 10 men that the winning goal arrived.

Dereham quickly put that setback behind them by completing a miserable weekend for Ipswich, who had conceded 10 against leaders West Herts on Saturday.

Ric Timm's solo effort gave Dereham the lead, which was doubled before half-time by Mark Hunter's drag flick.

Dereham staved off some Ipswich pressure before adding a third after the break. Michael Timm was tackled, but the ball broke for Will Edwards to slot home his second of the season.

The fourth goal came from a slick move, as Mark Braybrook's aerial pass was laid off by Stainthorpe to Ric Timm, who hit a first time shot past the keeper.

Wisbech survived a lacklustre performance to beat struggling St Ives 5-4.

Brad Apted and Gavin Johnstone scored breakaway goals to give Wisbech a scarcely deserved lead at half-time.

St Ives got one back early in the second half, but a superb Apted solo strike restored the two-goal cushion. St Ives continued to battle and were always in the game, but Wisbech managed to keep their noses in front with further goals from Sam Markille and Sam Blunt.

Pelicans picked up a point in their battle to avoid relegation from Division One with a 1-1 draw against relegated Bedford.

Bedford took the lead, but Pelicans drew level when Corbett seized on a rebound to score.

In Division 2N, Norwich City III beat Norwich Dragons 3-2 with goals from Matt Brine (2) and James Halls.

Orlando Prestige and Jonathan Boyal scored for Wisbech IV in a 2-2 draw against Bourne Deeping III in Division 5NW.