Derby win boosts Magpies’ title tilt

Dereham 2, Wroxham 1

Magpies' boss Matty Henman is not ruling out a late Ridgeons Premier Division title tilt after Tuesday night's hard-fought derby win over Wroxham.

Gary Starling's low free-kick settled a bruising encounter at Aldiss Park after Danny Beaumont had cancelled out Damian Hilton's second-minute opener. Dereham moved level on points with David Batch's side in second place, but still trail FA Vase quarter-finalists Leiston by eight points having played a game more, writes Paddy Davitt.

'It depends on them probably more than us to be fair,' said Henman. 'I'm confident that we can now go on and get a good number of decent results.

'What I don't know is if they can lose two or three games. We still have to go and play them twice. The bottom line is that we have to probably beat them twice, which is six points straight away, and then maybe see if they can drop a couple of other games.

'They've only won a few by the odd goal and they have the FA Vase to contend with so we just have to keep doing our job and hope that maybe they slip up here or there.'

Dereham are at home to Haverhill on Saturday, when Leiston are in FA Vase quarter-finals action at Coalville Town. On Wednesday, Dereham visit mid-table CRC.

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Leiston won 3-0 at home to FC Clacton on Tuesday when Henman was delighted to claim the derby spoils in the first league meeting of the season with the Yachtsmen.

'Perhaps the result was even more important than the performance,' he said. 'It was a 100mph game and a lot of competitiveness which you would expect with pride at stake as well. Just the sort of game that we needed and the sort of performance that we needed.'

Dereham will be running coaches to the Norfolk Senior Cup final at Carrow Road on April 5, when the Magpies meet King's Lynn Town at Carrow Road (7.30pm kick-off).

Coaches will leave Aldiss Park at 6.15pm, seats �3 per person.

Contact the club for further information: 01362 690460.