Boss Henman delighted as Ryman League North Dereham Town go nap

Lewis Butcher celebrates one of his three goals for Dereham. Picture: SUSAN WATTS

Lewis Butcher celebrates one of his three goals for Dereham. Picture: SUSAN WATTS - Credit: Archant

Dereham Town continued their good form with a convincing 5-1 win against Great Wakering Rovers on a blustery afternoon, writes Rene Kendal.

Two goals in quick succession shortly before half-time by Luke Tuttle and Lewis Butcher put them in the driving seat on Saturday.

After the break Butcher netted twice more to put the game beyond doubt before Wakering pulled a goal back in the 84th minute.

Young Robbie Linford completed the rout by heading home with minutes remaining.

Manager Matt Henman was pleased to keep his side's run going and said: 'The result doesn't necessarily reflect how difficult the game was.

'We had to battle in the first half and earn the right to go two up. Our two goals in the last five minutes of the half changed the game's outlook and made my half-time talk easier.

'After the break we defended well and took our chances to finish the game off.

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'Lewis Butcher was in the right place at the right time and benefited from some good approach play by his team-mates to score his hat-trick, and it was great for Robbie Linford to come on and score his first senior goal for the club.'

On Saturday Henman's side return to Aldiss Park to face Barkingside in Ryman League North action (3pm kick-off).

Sam Borrer and Aaron Kay come back into the squad with Adam Smith also now fully fit.

The Magpies' reserves were beaten 3-1 at home on Saturday by Halstead Town. Stuart Garner netted Dereham's goal.

Wayne Anderson's side next Thurlow Nunn League First Division action is at King's Lynn Town Reserves this weekend.