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Dereham Town 1 Cheshunt 0: Magpies boss Neal Simmons starts campaign with victory thanks to Jamie Forshaw

PUBLISHED: 11:24 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 13 August 2017

Jamie Forshaw got the winner for Dereham against Cheshunt.  Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Jamie Forshaw got the winner for Dereham against Cheshunt. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Shirley D Whitlow

Neal Simmons new look Dereham Town side made a great start to the season with an opening day victory at Aldiss Park against Cheshunt.

Dereham nearly snatched an early lead when Jamie Forshaw’s close range left foot shot drifted inches wide. They made a confident start but were dealt a blow when Ryan Crisp had to be replaced with Danny Beaumont entering proceedings.

The home side threatened again when Ashley Jarvis flicked on to Rhys Logan who fired a diagonal drive over visiting keeper James May’s bar.

Cheshunt had their first opportunity in the 25th minute but were denied when home keeper Elliott Pride made a fine stop to keep out Joe Pearmam’s 18-yard drive. Dereham were looking the most likely and won a free kick just outside the box when Jarvis was fouled in the 29th minute. However, Forshaw’s curler dipped over the top.

As Dereham pressed again Jarvis played in Forshaw who had his effort blocked as the half finished goal less.

The Magpies made a great start to the second period and they opened the scoring in the 48th minute. Jarvis neatly chested down to Forshaw outside the box and the striker’s volley was deflected past May with the keeper stranded. The Ambers delivered an immediate response with Mark Summers lifting the ball over the advancing Pride but defender Sam Garner made a superb goal line clearance.

As play flowed Jason Hallet headed over for Cheshunt and Beaumont fired over for Dereham.

The North London side began to push the home side back but were losing possession cheaply. The Magpies created a chance in the 72nd minute with Forshaw and Beaumont combining well to set up Jarvis who fired wide.

Hallet headed Ferguson’s corner powerfully over the bar as the Ambers looked to level. Dereham battled hard for the remainder of the game to secure a deserved victory.

Dereham: Pride, Garner, Taylor, Linford, Eastoe-Smith, Castellan, Logan, Hinton, Crisp (Beaumont 16), Forshaw, Jarvis (Murphy 75). Subs: Biddy, Dodden, Bean.

Cheshunt: May, Clemo, Agholor, Lampe, Dacruz, Doyle, Ashman (Roberts 68), Bruno, Hallet, Summers (Shonunmi 58), J Pearlman. Subs: D Ebenko, C Ferguson.

Referee: Mr G Byrne

Attendance: 161

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