Edwards is unlikely hero for Dereham
MEN'S EAST LEAGUE: Dereham grabbed a late goal to draw 2-2 at home to Bedford in Premier A of the East League - but they were disappointed not to win. The hosts drew first blood when captain Mark Timm set off on a mazy run before laying the ball off to Rob Turner, who beat the keeper.
Dereham grabbed a late goal to draw 2-2 at home to Bedford in Premier A of the East League - but they were disappointed not to win.
The hosts drew first blood when captain Mark Timm set off on a mazy run before laying the ball off to Rob Turner, who beat the keeper.
Bedford were then twice reduced to 10 men but Dereham could not add to their lead and the visitors equalised on the stroke of half-time from a penalty corner.
Bedford started the second half strongly, and within five minutes had turned the deficit around after converting a long through ball.
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Dereham went on to dominate and created numerous chances before the eventually equalised with 10 minutes to go. The goal came from an unexpected source, with Will Edwards slotting home his first goal for almost two seasons. Dereham tried to get a winner, and man of the match Mark Hunter came close, but it was not to be.
Wisbech are now four points behind Dereham at the foot of the table after losing 7-2 at Ipswich.
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In Premier B, Norwich City gave a good account of themselves at unbeaten Wapping before going down 2-0, and remain four points clear of the bottom two.
City travelled to London missing a number of senior players, resulting in late call-ups for schoolboys James Hooper and debutant James Greig.
It was City who gained the first short corner, Chris Perry's drag flick ending up wide of the target. Greig then almost scored with his first touch, just failing with a reverse stick shot. Although Wapping enjoyed the majority of possession, clear-cut chances were scarce.
With 10 minutes to the break Clive Crichton was incorrectly adjudged to have put the ball out of play and Wapping subsequently gained a short corner from which they scored.
Wapping extended their lead 15 minutes into the second half when a right wing cross was met by a forward. The ball was half stopped by Rees Leonard but still goalbound and Will Stuttard in attempting to clear could only help it into the net.
Pelicans recorded an impressive 5-2 victory over Harpenden while Harleston Magpies II were held to a 3-3 draw by visitors Long Sutton.
Norwich City II's struggles continued in Division 1N. They were beaten 6-3 at home by Bourne, with Tom Hindle, Adie Land and Matt Brine scoring their goals.
Norwich City IV maintained their good form in Division 5NE, winning 4-1 at Norwich Dragons III (Adie Marr 2, Tim Armstrong, Gabriel Marchant).