Hockey hot-shots boost promotion push
Hot-shot Dereham have given their East Men's Hockey League promotion hopes another big boost. They beat Redbridge & Ilford 10-0 to go second in Premier B, six points behind Bury St Edmunds.
Hot-shot Dereham have given their East Men's Hockey League promotion hopes another big boost. They beat Redbridge & Ilford 10-0 to go second in Premier B, six points behind Bury St Edmunds. Pelicans stay within a point of Dereham after beating West Herts II 8-3, while Norwich City remain three points behind after winning 4-0 against St Neots. Dereham's game was effectively over after just three minutes, by which time Mark Hunter, Mark Braybrook and Mike Timm had put them 3-0 ahead. John Allison made it 4-0 before the break, after which Timm completed his third hat-trick of the season and Allison his first hat-trick for the club before Graeme Campbell scored twice. City broke the deadlock against St Neots after 10 minutes, when Pete Morgan swept in a short corner. Soon afterwards a cross by full-back Adam Stone was met with a first-time strike by Mark Sibson to make it 2-0.
Chris Wardale stole the show after the break, with two excellent goals on his league debut. He was in the right place to finish twice at the back post after good work by Mark Sibson and Will Defoe.
Wisbech are sixth in the table after a 1-1 draw with Cambridge University II, their goal being scored by Brad Apted.
Harleston Magpies are third in Premier A after their game at Bedford was postponed. They're a point behind Cambridge City and four adrift of Peterborough Town, but with a game in hand on both.
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Norwich Union are fourth in Division One after a 4-1 defeat at Spalding.
Harleston Magpies II, second from bottom, recorded only their second win, by 4-2 against second-placed Harpenden.
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UEA, second in Division Two North, drew 3-3 with fourth-placed Norwich Union II, whose scorers were Jason Wolfe (2) and Rob Panter.
Second from bottom Harleston III lost 3-1 to Ely City, while bottom team North Walsham were beaten 10-2 by leaders Cambs Nomads.
Norwich City II beat bottom team Watton 8-1 to move to within three points of Division Three North East leaders Ipswich & East Suffolk, who dropped their first points in a 3-3 draw with Lowestoft Railway.
Mark Fletcher, Tom Hindle, Tom Sandland and Richard Silvester all scored twice.
Richard Larkin hit a hat-trick as Harleston IV won 5-2 against Pelicans II. Larkin put them 2-0 up, but Pelicans hit back to 2-2 before the break.
Larkin added his third goal before Ed Marland scored twice.
Norwich City III won 3-0 at Newmarket in Division Four North East, with Paul Gallop hitting a hat-trick.
Norwich City VI beat Norfolk Nomads II 5-0 in Division Six North East, with Mark Circuit scoring all of the goals.
North Walsham III beat Lowestoft Railway III 4-0, all the goals coming in the second half.
Lunn took two opportunist chances, Paul Cox scored at the far post, and his son Tom fired home from the top of the circle.
Norwich City Colts lost 4-2 (Shaun Sims) to Dereham Colts after trailing 4-0 at the break.