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Big games facing Magpies

PUBLISHED: 10:51 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:05 07 July 2010

A 5-0 win at Felixstowe, Dereham's third successive victory, set the Magpies up for the gruelling double challenge of Leiston away on Saturday and Ridgeons championship favourites Lowestoft at Crown Meadow on Tuesday: all three sides in the top five.

A 5-0 win at Felixstowe, Dereham's third successive victory, set the Magpies up for the gruelling double challenge of Leiston away on Saturday and Ridgeons championship favourites Lowestoft at Crown Meadow on Tuesday: all three sides in the top five.

Felixstowe & Walton 0, Dereham Town 3

IN a confident Dereham start Mowbray lobbed the ball over the upright in the fifth minute. From a corner, Eastoe-Smith headed Terrington's delivery from the left off target.

Howell forced keeper Nower into a fine save after good build-up play by Mowbray. Two further corners caused panic in the Felixstowe defence before being cleared, writes Rene Kendal.

Dereham took the lead in the 16th minute. Terrington delivered a free-kick from the left toward the back post where Eastoe-Smith rose to head home off the left-hand post.

The Magpies were looking the hungrier side and Mowbray set up Beaumont to strike a measured drive wide.

The Magpies were playing some neat football and increased their lead when Terrington slipped the ball to Buhlemann inside the box.

The defender saw his shot blocked but the ball fell to Beaumont who stroked the ball home from 10 yards in the 31st minute.

It should have been 3-0 three minutes later with Smith failing to convert from close range after Williams had presented him with a chance on a plate.

Felixstowe midfielder Berry had a 20-yarder deflected for a corner which Higgs punched clear. Cooper was injured in the process but was able to continue after treatment.

On half-time the Magpies added to their tally. Ollie Willis got to the right byline and lifted the ball to the back post where Mowbray planted a firm header into the net.

Dereham made a flying start to the second period and sealed the game with two further goals.

In the 50th minute Ollie Willis intercepted play inside his own half and sprinted into the box where he was impeded by two defenders. Beaumont coolly sent Nower the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Within minutes the Magpies registered their nap hand when striker Mowbray charged down keeper Nower's attempted clearance, the ball flying into the unguarded net.

Manager Henman took the opportunity to introduce Atkins and Sam Willis.

The home side won a corner on the left but Berry's flag kick was headed clear by Williams. Banya set up Berry on the edge of the box and the midfielder shot into Higgs' arms.

Play then began to fizzle out with Dereham in a commanding position. Sam Willis created a good chance for Atkins but the striker had strayed offside.

Felixstowe's Banya became the first player into the referee's notebook.

In 86 minutes Howell got to the home byline but lifted the ball behind. Dereham were still looking to increase their tally and Sam Willis found brother Ollie and after progressing the full back crossed to the back post but left Atkins too much to do.

Dereham continued their good form and have shown good character to bounce back after their two cup exits.

Dereham Town: J Higgs, O Willis, D Buhlemann, J Eastoe-Smith, S Williams, D Beaumont, N Howell, A Smith, S Mowbray, G Barrett, C Terrington. Subs: P Atkins, S Willis, A Gusterson, M Simmonds, N Baker.

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