City improve position by beating fellow strugglers

Dereham moved further away from relegation danger with a valuable 3-1 victory at home to City of Peterborough on Saturday. The hosts started timidly and allowed Peterborough to get on top.

Dereham moved further away from relegation danger with a valuable 3-1 victory at home to City of Peterborough on Saturday.

The hosts started timidly and allowed Peterborough to get on top. Even when the visitors were reduced to nine men, Dereham failed to take advantage. Despite their pressure, Peterborough were limited to few chances, the best of which came at the end of the first half, when a short corner was kept out by a combination of keeper Tom Vaughan, Andy Lawrence and the post.

Peterborough again started well in the second half and got the goal their first half display deserved with a deflected shot which flew into the top corner.

That proved to be the perfect incentive for Dereham, who drove forward with intent and started to create numerous chances.

The equaliser came from a short corner, when Lawrence drilled a low shot into the net. Shortly afterwards, from another short corner, Lawrence's shot was saved, but Ashley Woodyatt collected the rebound and fired low past the keeper to put Dereham in front.

Laurie Hill added the third as he combined with Sam Plater before bundling the ball over the line.

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As Dereham pushed forward again in search of a fourth, Peterborough carved out a few opportunities of their own, but Mark Hunter and Ric Timm marshalled the Dereham defence effectively to ensure victory for the hosts.

Norwich City also boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Broxbourne in Premier B.

Debutant Bob Hammond gave City an early lead following an interchange of passes with Pete Morgan. Broxbourne levelled when Chris Perry was caught dwelling on the ball in the City circle and was dispossessed, before a Broxbourne forward crashed the ball past City keeper Rees Leonard.

City regained the advantage following a short corner, as the ball was slipped to Jeremy Pilch and his mis-hit shot took a deflection before finding the back of the net.

Broxbourne pushed hard for an equaliser in the last 10 minutes, but some desperate defending and excellent goalkeeping from Leonard allowed City to hold on.

City's second team succumbed to a 7-3 mauling at the hands of Division One leaders Ramgharia, the Norwich goals coming from Mark Circuit, Tom Hindle and Adie Land.

Dereham II remain in contention at the top of Division 2N following a dramatic 5-4 win at Ipswich & East Suffolk.

The visitors were quickly out of the blocks and took a two-goal lead with open play goals from John Allison and Mark Braybrook.

However, their momentum was halted when skipper Peter Hazell suffered an injury and, with no substitutes, Dereham were left to play the rest of the game with 10 men.

Ipswich pulled a goal back despite a double save from Phil Kerridge, who continued to defy the hosts as Dereham went into the break 2-1 ahead.

Dereham were under constant pressure at the start of the second half and the equaliser finally arrived following a quick Ipswich breakaway.

James Nash restored Dereham's lead with a lifted shot from a narrow angle, but Ipswich levelled from a penalty stroke and then with five minutes remaining, went ahead.

Braybrook was to prove Dereham's hero, completing his hat-trick with two late goals, both from short corners, to win the game.

Norwich City III battled their way to a 3-2 win against North Walsham II in Division 4NE.

After a shaky start, Norwich went ahead when Will Marshall converted from a short corner.

Walsham hit back to equalise following a period of sustained pressure, but City regained the lead within five minutes as James Milsted pounced on a loose ball in the North Walsham D.

Walsham again pulled level in the second half, before James Hooper fired home the winner from the edge of the D.

Norwich Dragons were unable to recover from a poor first half which saw them concede twice against Sudbury III in Division 5NE.

Glen Richardson pulled a goal back in an improved second half display, but the damage had already been done for the Dragons.

Norwich City IV were beaten 3-1 by 5NE leaders Felixstowe, despite taking the lead through Mike Marrison.

City's fifth team remain top of Division 6NE following a 2-1 win against Pelicans IV.

Simon Deakin gave Norwich the lead and within 10 minutes, he added a second.

Pelicans fought back in the second half and pulled a goal back, before hitting the post late on.

North Walsham IV won 4-2 at Nomads II, with Dan Cheesman netting a hat-trick and Paul Cox also on target.