Dereham hockey team claim superb win at Olympic Park
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Following on from their commanding 4-2 victory against Cambridge University II, Dereham travelled down to the capital for their latest East League Premier A fixture.
The Olympic Park setting did nothing to shake the nerve of a resurgent Dereham side, whose previous home performance was described by one spectator as 'the most complete Dereham performance in many years.'
Within minutes of the push back, Dereham opened their account with a fine goal from Falko Rosbergen.
This was followed shortly after by a second goal for the in-form Dereham side after captain Ed Turner was first to pounce on the scraps following a penalty corner.
At the break, Dereham found themselves two goals to the good, but at the resumption of play they had to weather significant periods of pressure from a hungry Wapping II side, who were second in the table going into the game.
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The Dereham goal was protected with some medal-worthy saves by Collinge but eventually the dogged Wapping team scraped a goal against the resolute Dereham defence.
At 2-1, Dereham were in no position to count their chickens but any thoughts of a home comeback were dashed when and an excellent solo goal from Rosbergen rounded off a confident Dereham performance.
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Dereham can now look forward to a well earned weekend off before a double-header the week after.
They take on Waltham Forest on Saturday, February 24 before entertaining local rivals Norwich City in a re-arranged game the following day.
Norwich City cruised home 4-0 at Cambridge University II and were then delighted to learn about Dereham's excellent away win.
It means City are now just two points adrift of the second promotion position with two games in hand.
The recent surge has lifted Dereham up to seventh in the table, eight points adrift of second with one game in hand,
Dereham seconds beat Cambridge University III 6-1 in Division Two North.
Dereham Ladies shared the spoils in their East League Division One North game at Wisbech, with the game ending 1-1. They are fourth in the table, five points below second placed Bedford II with a game in hand. Like the men's first team they have no game this weekend.