Magpies have points snatched away deep in injury time
PUBLISHED: 11:59 18 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:59 18 February 2018
Dereham saw valuable home points vanish after a late, deflected goal by the visitors.
The Magpies had got off to a perfect start, taking the lead after just six minutes. Danny Beaumont’s ball forward made its way through to Rhys Logan on the right and the talented wide man progressed before turning inside and beating keeper Rhys Madden with a well-directed 20-yard drive.
Play remained open and Sam Borrer forced Madden to concede a corner from Logan’s centre in the 20th minute before a strong run from home skipper David Hinton won his side another corner as Dereham continued to press.
But it was all square on the half-hour mark when Aveley scored with their first opportunity, Lewis Gard delivering a quality ball in from the right towards Alex Stephenson who rose well to head past keeper Elliot Pride.
As the Essex side pressed again, Pride made a superb save to deny Gard and from their next attack Dereham defender Jay Eastoe-Smith made a vital headed clearance.
In added time Alex Teniola headed over for the visitors before Pride was forced to produce another fine save to keep out Chris Bourne’s rasping drive.
The Magpies restored their lead on 57 minutes when Beaumont whipped a pacey free-kick towards the near post where Borrer powerfully headed home. Minutes later Dereham threatened again, with Logan volleying into Madden’s arms from 25 yards. Aveley remained competitive and Freddie Gard diverted a pull-back wide.
Borrer failed to head home another superb Beaumont delivery as Dereham looked for the important third goal, and they were made to pay for missed chances when, in the 97th minute, Aveley sub Myles Keizer-Burrows’ shot hit a defender’s boot and the ball slowly looped up over Pride and into the net.
Dereham: Pride, Castellan, Taylor, Linford, Eastoe-Smith, Ebbage, Logan, Hinton (Sainsbury-Logan 85), Crisp (Jarvis 79, Burgers 94), Borrer, Beaumont.
Aveley: Madden, Malton, Sampayo, Witherspoon (Martin 62), Cosson (Keizer-Burrows 25), Stephenson, Topley, Gard, Teniola (Gordon 75), Gard, Bourne. Sub not used: Barford.
Ref: R Owen. Att: 159