Victories for Dereham, Evergreens and Reepham hockey teams
Dereham Men 3, Chelmsford 1
Dereham were able to banish the nightmare of their 6-0 defeat at the hands of Chelmsford earlier in the season, thanks to centre back Mark Hunter's first ever hat-trick.
The away team started confidently but Dereham withstood the early threat, and despite the early pressure, Chelmsford were unable to register a shot at goal.
As the away team's frustration grew, so did the home team's confidence, and they started to exert pressure of their own. Andy Lawrence worked tirelessly in centre midfield to distinguish the Chelmsford attacks and launch Dereham's own.
Dereham were starting to find joy along the right and left flanks with the pace of Will Edwards and Michael Timm proving too much for the Chelmsford full backs.
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Timm broke into the Chelmsford D having once again beaten his man only to be fouled deliberately leaving the umpire no alternative but to award a penalty stroke. Up stepped Hunter who sent the keeper the wrong way and buried his flick high into the top corner.
Chelmsford had a chance just before the break, but were thwarted by a double save from goalkeeper Tom Vaughan.
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At the start of the second half Chelmsford won a controversial penalty stroke, as Vaughan was adjudged to have impeded the visitors' striker. The stroke was converted, and parity was resumed.
Dereham showed their resilience, and set about regaining their lead. Edwards was brought down inside the D for the third penalty stroke of the game. Hunter chose to go the same way as the first, and despite the keeper choosing the right way, the power generated in his stroke was enough to make it 2-1.
Timm then combined with twin brother Ric to create a golden opportunity, but was unable to find the finishing touch.
Rob Turner was next to threaten the visitors' goal, as he latched on to a through ball, rounded the keeper, and unleashed a reverse stick shot which fell just wide.
With 10 minutes to go, Timm was once again fouled in the D, and the home team were awarded a penalty corner.
There was only ever one option, as Hunter could sniff a hat-trick, and he flicked the ball low into the bottom corner to seal the points for Dereham.
Fakenham Evergr'ns II 3, Herlings 1
Evergreens faced tough opposition in their NWH Division Two match against top-of-the-table Herlings.
They started extremely well and Tracy Brain fired the ball home halfway through the first half.
However, Herlings replied with an equaliser after a rare breakaway chance to level the score at half-time.
Evergreens stepped up their game in the second half and took a deserved lead through Ellie Lynn, who was well placed to slot the ball past the keeper.
Evergreens' keeper Yvonne Clipston made two important saves, denying Herlings an equaliser, and near the end of the match Sarah Curtis clinched victory with a cracking shot after breaking through to be one-on-one with the keeper.
Reepham Ladies 1, Dereham IV 0
Reepham faced a young Dereham side on Saturday in NWH Division One for their second meeting this season.
The cold conditions certainly restricted Reepham's normal flowing game but the Dereham youngsters didn't look to be troubled by it at all.
Reepham dominated the first half and Dereham applied more pressure in the second. The game was not a thriller in terms of goals. Most of the play was in the defence and midfield zones while both keepers hardly had a save to make.
Reepham's first half goal proved decisive at the final whistle as it won them the game and three important points to keep them in fourth position in the league. Katie Lake took a short corner strike, perfectly placing the ball between the keeper and near post leaving the keeper no chance of reaching it.
At the time it seemed unlikely it would be the only goal this game would produce but Reepham's defending in numbers for most of the second half paid off as the home side claimed victory.