Men’s East League: Norwich show they can win without being at their best

Norwich Dragons III keeper Dim Ives is about to save this penalty stroke.

Norwich Dragons III keeper Dim Ives is about to save this penalty stroke. - Credit: Archant

Norwich City remain just three points off top spot in Premier B after a comprehensive 3-0 win over Felixstowe.

After last week's disappointing 2-2 draw at struggling Cambridge University, City started well and took the lead when Gabriel Inch took the ball wide in the circle and converted from a narrow angle. City created a number of chances through the reminder of the first half, but were unable to convert them and went in to half-time with only a one goal lead.

But the hosts doubled their lead early in the second half when Jeremy Elliott beat a handful of defenders and crashed past the keeper, with Nick Jones making sure by tapping in from little more than a couple of inches.

Dave Skinner rounded off the scoring with a goal from close range after managing to bundle through goalkeeper and defender to roll the ball over the line.

City were grateful for another three points to keep the pressure on leaders Letchworth but they are still searching for a performance that lasts the full 70 minutes and not just good passages of play.

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Harleston Magpies II remain at the foot of the table after being hammered 6-1 at Wisbech while in Division 1N Pelicans were beaten 5-0 at home by Cambridge City III.

Dereham showed no mercy on the Premier Division's bottom side Blueharts as they returned home with a 7-1 victory.

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The visitors came out of the blocks from the off, scoring two quick goals. Richard Timm picked up a defence- splitting aerial pass from older brother Mark to calmly round the keeper and smash the ball home. Then Mike Timms' surging run and cross was met by Will Dewing to smash home first time. Richard Timm made it three when he capitalised on poor defence to slot home.

Blueharts got the fourth goal of the game when they took advantage of bad marking but Mike Timm restored the three goal cushion before the break with a perfectly executed drag-flick.

Dereham continued to dominate and with 20 minutes left extended their lead when Richard Timm turned provider for brother Mike to slot home at the back post. Mike Timm completed his hat-trick shortly afterwards with another drag-flick into the bottom right after good work from Will Edwards.

Mike Timm wrapped up the scoring with another tap-in at the back post after determined work from Sam Ward at the top of the circle.

Norwich City II remain second in Division 2NE, three points behind leaders Shefford and Sandy, after winning 1-0 at Cambridge City IV.

A first half Tom Hindle penalty flick was scant reward for an impressive all-round performance.

Norwich Dragons moved out of the bottom four for the first time as they continued their impressive run with an eye-catching 7-4 win over Ipswich II. Ollie King made an impressive return to the first team by scoring five goals, three of which came in the first 15 minutes.

Two Norwich Dragons teams came face to face in Division 3NE, with the second team edging home 1-0 thanks a first half penalty corner strike from Richard Gill that took a reflection to beat Dim Ives. Geoff Roberts was close to an equaliser after the break but the seconds took all three points.

Norwich City III were beaten 4-3 at promotion rivals Harleston Magpies III, with Magpies scoring twice in the final five minutes to turn what looked like being a defeat into a victory. City's scorers were Matthew Brine, Chris Perry and Ali Shearer.

Leaders North Norfolk suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Norwich City IV, with Tim Armstrong scoring the only goal.

Norwich Exiles drew 1-1 with Harleston Magpies V in Division 5NE with Robbie Whiting on target.

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