Dereham Hockey Club look right at home
Dereham Men's 1st XI 4, Havering 2
Dereham continued their impressive home form with victory over struggling Havering on Saturday.
The hosts started strongly against a Havering side who were happy to sit back. They created early chances, and Ric Timm came the closest, drawing a fantastic save from the visitors' goalkeeper.
Mark Hunter broke the deadlock with another unstoppable short corner drag flick. Dereham were in control, but unable to add to their tally, and before half-time, Havering drew level. In a goal-line scramble, a Dereham foot stopped the ball on the line and the resulting flick was converted, to make it all-square at the break.
In the second half Ric Timm broke free, beating a couple of players before seeing his shot stopped illegally on the line, resulting in a penalty flick. Hunter calmly dispatched his shot into the top corner.
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Dereham went further ahead when Michael Timm latched on to Mark Braybrook's through ball, and coolly slotted his shot home through the goalkeeper's legs. Almost immediately Havering struck back, setting up what could have been a tense last 10 minutes.
But the Timm brothers were able to calm the nerves, combining in the D for Michael to add his second goal.
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* Dereham Ladies drew 2-2 at home to Norwich Dragons II in East Women's League Division 2NE.
Dereham dominated the first half and with the pressure mounting, they won a short corner. Zoe Leverett struck the ball from the top of the D for Hannah Dewing to deflect into the corner of the goal.
Dereham doubled their lead shortly before half time, before Dragons won a short corner in the unexpected first half extra time allowing their players to outnumber the home side's defence and strike the ball into the back of the net.
The second half saw Dragons applying pressure and following a short corner, a fantastic stop on the line from Hev Morgan was quickly chased up and flicked into the corner of the goal.
* Fakenham Evergreens II secured a 4-0 win over Norwich City VI in Norfolk Women's League Division Two.
Evergreens led 2-0 at half-time after Ann Mann slotted the ball home from close range, and Ellie Lynn scored a fantastic solo effort.
Rose McCourt added two well-taken goals in the second half to secure another good win for the Greens.
DEREHAM III 5 WATTON II 3
After their disappointing 9-0 loss last week against Panthers, Dereham were feeling a little bruised but started the game brightly.
Despite lots of hard work and opportunities to open the scoring it was Watton, who on the break, against the run of play, found the net first.
Dereham continued to pressurise the Watton goal and after a goal mouth scramble were awarded a penalty flick. It was well taken but the Watton goalie made a very good save to keep them in the lead. Watton improved on their lead shortly aferwards but Dereham kept up their efforts and were at last rewarded with a goal from Fran Grapes to get their game up and running. This was shortly followed by a goal from Imo Walker, playing her first game for the 3rds, just before the half time whistle.
Dereham's defensive marking was tight and the defence and midfield began looking for gaps and opportunities to start off some attacking runs. Chloe Cushion-Swales found opportunities to clear to Ellie Davison on the right who made quick runs down the wing. One of these runs resulted in a cross to Jackie Taylor waiting in the goalmouth who slipped the ball into the net, putting Dereham in the lead. Another similar run from the right ended in the same manoeuvre and Taylor found the goal for a second time. Similar runs were started by Frey Reid-Edwards on the left to Becca Smith Ames and Gemma Pointer. Dereham's spirits were now on the up and a few more chances were created before Davison herself scored after another quick run down the right.
Watton weren't giving up easily and kept the pressure on the Dereham goal until the end of the game. Although Megan Ballman made significant saves Watton were rewarded with their third goal a few minutes from time.
Dereham Man of the Match was Freya Reid-Edwards for her solid defending and vision.
Dereham Squad: Megan Ballman (GK), Chloe Cushion-Swales, Ellie Davison, Fran Grapes, Alice Guest, Lollie James, Leoni Pagett, Gemma Pointer, Freya Reid-Edwards, Becca Smith-Ames, Charlotte Tankard, Jackie Taylor, Imo Walker, Fi Waters (Capt).