Two Dereham hockey wins and nine goals scored
HOCKEY: There were two wins for Dereham Men over the weekend, in league and trophy, which saw them score nine goals with only one conceded.
Dereham Men 4, Cambridge Nomads 0
Dereham regained top spot in Premier B following an impressive home victory.
Dereham pressed hard from the first whistle, creating chances almost immediately. They broke the deadlock when Chris Vernon picked the ball up with his back to goal, turned and drilled the ball low into the bottom corner.
Dereham doubled their advantage five minutes later through a slick short-corner routine. They sent the Cambridge defence one way before switching the ball, and Will Edwards coolly slotted home.
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The second half started in a similar fashion, and Dereham pressed for a third, but to no avail.
Cambridge changed their tactics and loaded the midfield, which stopped Dereham's free-flowing game. This enabled Cambridge to gain in confidence and start to build a few attacks.
Cambridge had a gilt-edged opportunity to move back into the game when the ball broke to the centre-forward five yards from the goal, but Tom Vaughan was alert and made a superb reflex save low down to his right.
This turned out to be the turning point of the game, and Dereham gained confidence and again started to build attacks. The Cambridge keeper was also in good form, and frustrated the Dereham forwards.
With three minutes to go, man-of-the-match Richard Stainthorpe finally broke through the Cambridge defences and finished with a lightning reverse-stick shot which flew into the top left hand corner.
Dereham weren't done, and Ed Turner added a fourth following a quick break.
Dereham hope to hold on to top spot when they travel to Letchworth.
Felixstowe 1, Dereham 5
Dereham followed up Saturday's league victory with another win away, at Felixstowe in the Sunday HA Trophy third round.
Dereham's defence was rarely troubled, although they faced an uncomfortable 10 minutes before Mark Timm settled the team's nerves when he stuck a shot low into the bottom corner.
A couple of minutes later it was two when Andy Lawrence stole the ball off the Felixstowe defender and combined with Timm with a one-two around the defence before Lawrence finished into an open net.
Dereham's third came from a short corner. Lawrence's initial shot was saved, but the rebound fell to Ed Turner who scored his third goal in as many games, flicking the ball over the keeper.
The second half was a similar story, and Dereham looked for more goals. Timm added his second as he rounded the keeper as he rushed out and rolled the ball into the open goal.
Timm completed his hat-trick with a penalty flick, which enabled him to claim the man-of-the-match award.
Felixstowe claimed a consolation goal with a couple of minutes to go, when they were awarded a penalty flick.