Another big game for Dereham Town as Vase holders Sholing arrive in the FA Trophy
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Dereham Town boss Matt Henman can't wait for his red-hot side's latest massive fixture, writes Gavin Caney.
The Magpies have won seven matches out of eight in all competitions and on Tuesday night claimed Ryman League bragging rights by seeing off Norfolk rivals Wroxham 2-0.
The win, in front of the club's biggest gate of the season, 414, moved the black and whites up to sixth in the table but this weekend they turn their attentions to another glamour tie at Aldiss Park – this time in the FA Trophy.
Henman's Division One North play-off hopefuls welcome same-level Sholing in the second qualifying round. And it'll be another huge test for Dereham with their Southampton-based visitors having won last season's FA Vase at Wembley and gained promotion to Step Four of the non-league ladder.
Henman said: 'It is big. Before the Wroxham game we perhaps looked at that match as a big game, and Saturday as an even bigger game.
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'But like I said to the players, 'every game is a big game'. If you're trying to get into the play-offs and get through cups you've got to treat every game like a big game. We feel like we've had a lot of big games lately.
'Saturday (3-1 win over Maldon & Tiptree) was a big game from the point of view that we were poor in the league game before. I wanted us to make sure we put that out of our system.
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'To get six points from the two games is just excellent and taking that form into Saturday gives us a lot of belief, confidence and momentum.'
Goals from Ryan Hawkins and Matt Hockley wrapped up Dereham's midweek success. A victory on Saturday will see them pocket £3,250 prize money.
The Boatmen arrive having recently reappointed their Vase-winning manager Dave Diaper as they look to improve their 18th-placed position in the 22-team Southern League Division One South & West.
A morale-boosting 2-0 victory at Southern Premier Weymouth on Tuesday sees Sholing head north in improved spirits as they look to embark on another sensational cup journey.
If the sides can't be separated after 90 minutes, a replay will take place on Tuesday instead of Dereham hosting Great Yarmouth in the Norfolk Senior Cup.