Late goal costs hockey points for Dereham
Dereham Men's 3, City of Peterborough 3
HOCKEY: Dereham dropped a couple of points in their pursuit of the East League Premier B title to a heart-breaking last-minute equaliser. Their lead at the top was cut to four points.
Dereham immediately pushed Peterborough on to the back foot with fast, free-flowing hockey, creating a number of early chances which found the Peterborough keeper on top form.
As they soaked up the pressure Peterborough grew in confidence and started pressing forward.
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There were early signs of danger as the ball was drilled across the D from the right and the deflection was saved at point-blank range.
Peterborough broke the deadlock following a mistake in the Dereham goal from Tom Vaughan, who was caught in two minds only to see the ball buried in the bottom right corner.
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The second half began with Dereham searching for an equaliser. Will Edwards continued to cause problems for the Peterborough defence. He found Mark Timm free, who drilled a shot across the D, and Chris Vernon tapped the ball in at the back post.
Dereham then gifted the lead back to Peterborough when a side-line hit inside the 23 metre line was passed straight to the centre forward. Two attackers made their way into the D, and despite Vaughan getting a hand to the initial shot the second forward tapped into an open net.
Dereham pressure brought reward through a well-worked short corner when Mark Hunter lifted the ball over the keeper.
Dereham thought they had the winner when Michael Timm found Ed Turner on the top of the D with his back to goal. Following a magical turn which dumbfounded two Peterborough defenders, Turner found himself one-on-one with the keeper and found a finish to match the turn.
Dereham pushed for more, and with Peterborough looking to get back in to the game it made for a nail-biting final 10 minutes.
With a minute to go Peterborough won a free-hit just outside the D, and through the melee the ball was flicked home to make it honours even.