Dereham Town well beaten by an impressive Maldon and Tiptree side
- Credit: Archant
Dereham Town were outplayed by an impressive young Maldon and Tiptree side on Saturday as they went down 3-0.
It was a second straight defeat for the Magpies after a superb sequence of four comprehensive wins on the trot and saw them slip back into the bottom three of Bostik League Division One North.
Adam Gusterson and Olly Willis will now be hoping their side can go on another positive run, starting with a game against mid-table Grays Athletic at Aldiss Park on Saturday (3pm).
Maldon started last weekend's game at a high tempo and were rewarded in the 24th minute when Matthew Briggs drilled home a superb left foot drive from the edge of the box. As they pressed again Dereham keeper Jake Cox was forced to save Jorome Skew's low 20 yarder.
In the 39th minute Maldon nearly increased their lead when the dangerous Slew outpaced the Magpies' defence before striking the post from close range. Dereham came close in the 44th minute when home keeper Ben McNamara made a fine save to keep out Hipperson's fierce 20 yarder.
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Maldon made a great start after the break when Liam Hope bundled home Briggs' left wing cross. The excellent Briggs then made a strong run from inside his own half into the Dereham box before being denied by keeper Cox who later made a superb save to keep out Dombaxe's 20 yard drive. David Hinton cleared off the line and Cox saved again from substitute Eddie Dsane as the home pressure continued.
Jamie Forshaw dragged a left four shot wide as Dereham looked to get back in the game although defender Billy Roast nearly sealed the game for the Jammers when he fired against post in the 76th minute. Cox made another great save to deny Dombaxe before conceding a penalty which Jack Cawley rifled home to secure Maldon the points in the 84th minute. Hinton nearly notched a late consolation goal but was thwarted by keeper McNarama at close range.
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Dereham: J Cox, M Castellan, O Murphy, D Hinton, S Wones, A Plumstead (S Borrer 60), D Beaumont (D Frary 70), A Smith (J Forshaw 60), J Gatting, R Logan, A Hipperson. Sub not used: K Wengrzik.