It was a third successive defeat for Dereham Town as they fell to a 2-0 defeat away to third-placed Spalding United in the Northern Premier League - Midlands Division. 

The home side opened the game strongly with an effort that rattled Dereham keeper Ross Bilham's right-hand post through Brad Rolt.

10 minutes later, Louis Henman-Mason carried the ball into a central position before threading through a pass to Luke Johnson, with the resulting effort cleared off the line. 

Dereham maintained a good level of pressure with Gascoigne at the heart of the most prominent move, a teasing cross from the youngster was begging to give the Norfolk side the lead -  but no Magpies were there to convert. 

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In the 22nd minute, Spalding grabbed their first goal through Sam Cartwright. The Spalding man won his header from a cross on the Dereham right, nodding the ball past Ross Bilham. 

Falling behind did not discourage Dereham, who took the game to the high-flying Spalding. Luke Johson continued to cause trouble, yet the final ball from the Magpies was lacking a body on the receiving end. 

As they did in the opening minute of the game, Spalding struck the woodwork again. Stefan Broccoli drove a low effort beyond Bilham, who will have been relieved to see the post keep the ball out. 

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The end-to-end nature of the game continued for the rest of the half, with neither team finding the net. 

The Magpies kicked off the second half on the front foot. 

Over a 20-minute period, the visitors piled pressure on Spalding with set pieces resulting in efforts from Clarke, Johnson, Henman-Mason and Swift.

Brad Rolt doubled the lead for Spalding on 65 minutes. From a throw-in, Rolt beat Richard Black before finishing a well-worked chance inside the Dereham box.

Spalding sits third in the league with multiple games in hand over those around them, whilst Dereham is in 16th.