Magpies celebrate perfect 10
Harleston Magpies beat local rivals Dereham 7-0 to extend their lead over St Albans at the top of the Premier A Division to eight points. While Magpies were making it a perfect 10 straight wins, their nearest challengers could only draw away at Blueharts.
Harleston Magpies beat local rivals Dereham 7-0 to extend their lead over St Albans at the top of the Premier A Division to eight points.
While Magpies were making it a perfect 10 straight wins, their nearest challengers could only draw away at Blueharts.
The opening exchanges saw an evenly contested derby game, with Dereham pressing hard, trying to fashion early chances.
Mike Timm had two excellent opportunities to put the visitors ahead but failed to take them, with Ian Martin making one excellent save.
Magpies went ahead midway through the half when Sumner worked well down the right before delivering to Tristan Baynes who stroked the ball home. Soon after Baynes scored again, directing the ball powerfully home from a short corner.
After the break a foul by the Dereham keeper on Chris Barber resulted in a penalty stroke, duly despatched by Andy Hipwell. Hipwell then followed that up by converting well from another short corner.
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Magpies' domination was now apparent and Neil Toulson scored next from a broken down corner.
Toulson then took a big hit from behind inside the area resulting in a harshly awarded penalty stroke. Hipwell professionally converted to complete his hat-trick.
The game was finished off in style with the best goal of the half, when a flowing move climaxed with Wheeler combining with Toulson before Wheeler slotted home.
Like Magpies, Wisbech Town are also dominating their section. They made it nine wins out of 10 in Premier B with an 8-2 home success against near-neighbours Long Sutton.
Wisbech dominated this local derby from start to finish, with an early goal from Matt Levanda setting the tone.
Sam Markille soon made it
2-0 and although Nick Bailey pulled one back for the visitors Brad Apted had restored Wisbech's two-goal advantage by the break.
Jake Loweth in the Long Sutton goal made a string of top draw saves but couldn't prevent the home side scoring five more times in the second half. Ben Smith made it 3-2 but then Wisbech took control, with Apted completing his hat-trick, Markille adding his second and Luke Smith and Sam Blunt also scoring.
The news that City of Peterborough had lost capped a perfect day for Wisbech, who now sit three points clear at the top of the table.
Pelicans are third after a 4-3 win at St Neots while Norwich City are in the bottom half of the table after losing 1-0 at home to Redbridge and Ilford.
After last week's loss against the top team, City were looking for a win against the bottom team to boost their confidence, but sadly it was not meant to be.
A home game with only 11 players was not a good start and City struggled to find any sort of consistency throughout the afternoon.
Redbridge seemed to have most of the possession and found holes in the City defence but Croft held strong on numerous occasions.
City produced some good moves in the middle through Fretwell, Morgan and Jones but were unable to convert their chances. Perry, Sibson, Morgan, Brine and Wardale just could not find the back of the net, despite the many short corners, and Redbridge scored the winner with 10 minutes remaining.
Norwich City II enjoyed better fortune, winning 4-3 at Cambridge City III in Division Two North.
City were 2-0 down at the break but played well after it to turned things around with Will Mullan, Tom Sandland (2) and Mark Circuit scoring the goals.
Harleston Magpies IV beat Norwich City III 8-2 in Division Three North East.
Dan Legg scored a hat-trick, Will Bamber and Simon Bardwell netted twice and Duncan Stevens also netted.
Thetford Town beat Harleston V1 4-2 to go marching on at the top of Division Five North East.
North Walsham II are second following their 4-1 win over Norfolk Nomads (T Cox 2, John Withers 2).
David Anderson, Aaron Burris, Peter Skidmore and Lee Godbold were on target.
In the same section Norwich Union IV beat Norwich City II 3-2 (Mike Banham, Paul Kiwanuka, Alan Quinton).
In Division Six North East Norwich City VI lost 3-2 at home to Sudbury IV (Greig, Dorling).