Magpies take the derby honours after winning at Dereham


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Harleston Magpies took the Premier Division derby honours as they came away from relegation threatened Dereham with a hard-fought 2-0 victory.

Dereham started quickly and a fast attack coming through CJ Edwards resulted in a flurry of shots, excellently kept out by man-of-the-match John Livings.

However it was Harleston who dominated possession and they went ahead when Archie Winter produced some superb skill to beat his man before volleying ferociously into the far right corner.

Dereham defended bravely to keep their hopes alive but late in the game Magpies made it two when Ben Wright fired in a quick reverse stick shot which took a wicked deflection before going in. Norwich City record a thumping 6-1 victory over visitors Old Southendian to stay in the thick of the promotion battle in Premier B.

After a tight start Harry Gill deflected the ball home from Tom Cooke at a short corner and that's how it stayed until the break. City doubled their lead when Rich Green beat several players before threading a lifted through ball to Jeremy Elliott, who showed great composure to convert.

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Southend then got one back but the response was swift, with Harry Gill finishing a well worked move. The hosts scored three more times in the final 10 minutes through Chris Wardale and Dave Skinner (2) to complete a comprehensive win.

Magpies seconds picked up three important points in Division One when they edged home 1-0 against visitors Long Sutton.

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Norwich Dragons moved to the summit of Division Two North with an excellent 4-2 win at third placed Cambridge Nomads.

Dragons' youngest ever first team took full advantage of rivals Sudbury being inactive despite twice falling behind. Goals from Ollie King and Rupert Snelling ensured it was level at half-time before Ben Watson and Snelling secured the three points.

In the same section Norwich City III drew 2-2 with Cambridge City IV with Matthew Brine and Chris Perry scoring the goals.

City IV lost 4-1 at home to Newmarket in Division Three North East (Rees Leonard) while Dragons III beat Lowestoft Railway II 4-2 in Division Four North East (Tom Vaughan 2, Ali Smyth, Matt Jenkins).

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