Baptism of fire for goalkeeper Archie as he faces three spot kicks
- Credit: IAN BURT
Teenage goalkeeper Archie Bean was given a baptism of fire as he faced three penalties on his debut for Dereham.
The 17-year-old saved one, but couldn't prevent Dereham's good away form coming to an end.
Bean, a product of DESA, the Dereham Education and Soccer Academy, and new signing from Wroxham, Oliver Humphrey, were given their debuts in a young-looking side for the trip to Brentwood.
The hosts were first to show when after just five minutes they came close when Leon Gordon chested down Lamar Reynolds' centre to Andy Freeman who failed to hit the target from close range.
Dereham skipper Dan Morphew made a vital last-ditch tackle to prevent Gordon from pulling the trigger as Bean approached.
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Play continued to ebb and flow, with Dereham's Danny Beaumont's cross drifting just over keeper Anthony Page's bar before Brentwood's Freeman fired into the side netting.
Brentwood took the lead in the 33rd minute in controversial circumstances. Morphew was clearly pushed by home forward Gordon inside the box and the defender fell onto the ball with the referee awarding a penalty for handball. Reynolds confidently dispatched the spot kick.
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Minutes later Bean made a fine save to keep out Billy Rees' 20-yard drive. The Magpies almost levelled, but keeper Page palmed away Joe Gatting's goal-bound header from Rhys Logan's cross. Just before the break Gatting headed Beaumont's free-kick inches over before Ryan Crisp delivered a dangerous ball in from the left.
Reynolds fired wide early in the second half and then hit a low drive that flew past the far post. Brentwood increased their lead in 61st minute through Freeman and were awarded a second penalty four minutes later when Dion Frary was adjudged to have brought down Gordon. Bean made a great save to keep his side in the game. Brentwood were awarded a third penalty in the 81st minute and this time Lamar made no mistake.
Dereham: Bean, Grant (Black), Humphrey, Linford (Henman), Frary, Morphew, Logan, Dodden, Gatting, Crisp (Gibson), Beaumont.
On Saturday, Dereham entertain Aveley at 3pm.