Rampant Dereham force Pelicans to take flight

EAST MEN'S LEAGUE: Dereham racked up another crushing victory as they beat Pelicans 7-2 at home in Premier A.

Dereham racked up another crushing victory as they beat Pelicans 7-2 at home in Premier A.

The hosts started well but were stunned when Pelicans opened the scoring from a short corner.

Dereham were stung into a response and Andy Lawrence's short corner strike was deflected in for the equaliser. Sam Plater then put the hosts ahead with a drag flick that went through the Pelicans' keeper's legs.

Richard Stainthorpe followed up Michael Timm's strike to round the keeper and make it 3-1, before Plater grabbed his second on the stroke of half-time, deflecting Lawrence's drilled pass into the bottom corner.

A sloppy start to the second half from Dereham allowed Pelicans to pull one back when an innocuous pass was deflected into his own net by Ash Woodyatt.

Dereham raised themselves again and the concerted pressure proved too much for Pelicans, as four players were yellow carded for rash challenges.

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Stainthorpe pounced on a loose ball to drill home his second of the game and Plater completed his hat-trick with a drag flick high into the top corner.

Timm completed the scoring with the last touch of the game, again slipping the ball through the keeper's legs.

• An error prone display resulted in a 5-2 home defeat for Norwich City against Wisbech in Premier B.

City drew first blood when Mark Sibson rifled home a first time strike and soon afterwards the same player almost doubled their lead. But with eight minutes of the half remaining, Wisbech advanced down the left and a hopeful smash into the City area was expertly deflected into the net.

Wisbech took the lead early in the second half with a well-worked short corner routine and they were gifted a third when a stray City pass was intercepted.

City responded and Chris Perry reduced the arrears from a short corner, but another woeful pass allowed Wisbech to win a short corner, from which they scored.

Wisbech added a fifth when another pass was intercepted and they won a penalty flick which was duly converted.

• A magnificent comeback saw Norwich City II claim a 6-5 win at Norwich Dragons in Division 2N.

Bell gave Dragons the lead and Snelling doubled the advantage from a penalty corner. When Snelling added a third from another penalty corner, Dragons looked firmly in control, but Will Marshall dragged Norwich back into it as he seized on a rebound from Matt Brine's shot.

Chris Key raised City's hopes further with a second after the break, before Snelling completed his hat-trick to make it 4-2 and Wolfe restored the three-goal cushion.

Then the fightback began, as Tom Hindle's solo strike gave City a glimmer of hope and Brine converted a short corner to make it 5-4. With two minutes remaining, Charlie Horn smashed home the equaliser and he then won a short corner, which was the last play of the game. The ball fell to Hindle and he calmly stroked the ball home to complete an incredible turnaround.

• Norwich City's fourth and fifth teams did battle in Division 5NE, with the fourths edging the contest 2-1.

Ryan Wilsea put the fifths ahead, but Mike Marrison's double strike decided the result.

• Norwich City VI cruised to a 6-0 win over Ipswich and East Suffolk IV with goals from Simon Deakin (3), David Kidner, David Broadway and Ben Welsh.

• Dan Cheesman netted twice for North Walsham IV in a 2-2 draw with UEA IV in Division 6NE.

• Norwich Dragons III picked up their second win of the season with a 4-1 triumph against Norfolk Nomads II.

Alan Quinton marked his first match back from a lengthy injury break with a brace of goals, while Andy Key and Mike Banham were also on target.