Hockey roudndup: Victorious Norwich City are delighted to beat freeze
Norwich City's crucial relegation match at Havering in East Men's League Premier A survived the freeze – and City were grateful as they came away with a 2-1 win.
After a scrappy start, City took the lead midway through the first half. Defender Nick Jones played the ball into midfield, where it was fed to Jez Elliott on the right. His cross into the circle was met by Ollie Boesen, who touched the ball past the keeper, allowing Jones – who had continued his run from deep in his own half – to put City ahead.
The visitors then spurned a good chance to make it two when they had a three on one against the last Havering defender, but they stretched their lead soon afterwards.
Boesen smashed the ball into the circle and although Chris Wardale's attempt at controlling it failed, his touch deceived the keeper and the ball nestled into the corner of the net.
City became sloppy in the second half and after going down to 10 men, they conceded a goal with 20 minutes remaining.
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In a tense finish, City continued to create chances, while Havering also had several short corners, but the score remained 2-1 to the visitors, who moved above the Essex side in the table.
In Division 6NE, Norwich Dragons III stretched their lead at the top to nine points as they beat in-form Holt Harlequins II 2-0.
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Holt had won their previous four matches, but it was Dragons who started more brightly and created several chances.
Holt threatened with some short corners, but Dragons keeper Chris Millar made some excellent saves.
Dragons finally broke the deadlock when a Jake Hardesty tackle broke up a Holt attack and the ball was quickly moved forward for Adrian Kemp to score.
Just before half-time, Mike Banham doubled the advantage as he fired home from a short corner.
The Dragons defence, led by Henry Eades, held firm in the second half to ensure victory and they now need just two more wins to clinch the title.
The East Women's League was similarly depleted, although Watton moved up to second in Division 1N with a 3-2 win at City of Peterborough.
In Division 2NE, bottom side Dereham II ground out a goalless draw against Loddon, while Norwich Dragons II were hammered 5-0 at home by Ipswich III.
Only one game went ahead in the Marshall Motor Group Norfolk Women's League, as Harleston Magpies III moved up to third with a 2-0 win at Pelicans II.