Dereham Town picked up a vital three points on the road.

The Magpies have been struggling for results in the Northern Premier League but managed to win on the road for the first time since January, beating Loughborough Dynamo 2-1 om March 18.

The match saw Matt Blake make his debut - and he proved to be the match-winner, netting twice in his first 45 minutes. 

It was Dereham on the front foot early on, with Ryan Swift creating two chances which were smartly saved by Loughborough keeper Lewis King. 

Dereham Times: Dereham goalkeeper, Ross BilhamDereham goalkeeper, Ross Bilham (Image: Dereham Town FC)

The home side tested Dereham’s Ross Bilham for the first time when Eddie Bamfo forced him into a smart save. 

Following headers from Luke Johnson and Jaydyn Loft which went close, Dereham finally took the lead after 20 minutes when Oscar Winterbone's cross was met by Blake.

Dereham also have their keeper to thank for three points, as minutes later Bilham saved smartly from George Ball’s penalty after Even Garnett was fouled. 

Dereham Times: Dereham Town's Oli YunDereham Town's Oli Yun (Image: Dereham Town FC)

They were made to pay for the missed chance as four minutes after his first goal, Blake scored his second to give Dereham some breathing room. 

Skipper Dion Frary was booked for an overzealous challenge as Dereham continued to work hard.

Just before half-time, Evan Garnett pulled a goal back for the home side with a low drive.

Finn Steele replaced Ryan Swift for Dereham at the break for his debut and soon made some impressive touches. 

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Dereham Times: It was a vital win for Dereham TownIt was a vital win for Dereham Town (Image: Dereham Town FC)

In the 58th minute, Rob Norris turned outside the box and hit a shot that forced Bilham into a fine full-length save. 

Blake thought he was going home with the match ball after rounding two men in the box before being upended for a penalty - but sadly he couldn’t complete his hat-trick as his half-hit spot kick was saved.

Bilmham was determined to bring the three points home to Norfolk, saving from Norris after he went clean through - which was vital for The Magpies. 

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