Dereham lose to Wroxham and Blues

In the Ridgeons League Premier Division on Tuesday night Dereham lost 3-1 to Wroxham.The Yachtsmen thus gained swift revenge for their recent FA Cup defeat to the Magpies, who were knocked out of the prestigious competition on Saturday by higher-league Lowestoft on Saturday.

In the Ridgeons League Premier Division on Tuesday night Dereham lost 3-1 to Wroxham.

The Yachtsmen thus gained swift revenge for their recent FA Cup defeat to the Magpies, who were knocked out of the prestigious competition on Saturday by higher-league Lowestoft on Saturday.

Lowestoft 3, Dereham 1

DEREHAM discovered the gulf in class that exists between the Ridgeons League and the Ryman League when they were knocked out of the FA Cup at the second qualifying round stage by Lowestoft on Saturday.


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Totally against the run of play Dereham took the lead with their first attack in the 11th minute. The ball was played in from the right and when Adam Gusterson's shot was blocked the Blues failed to clear and Danny Beaumont pounced to score.

Lowestoft lost the influential Jamie Godbold with an ankle injury after 19 minutes but substitute Craig Bussens would prove to be a constant thorn in the Dereham defence.

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Lowestoft's pressure finally paid off in the 29th minute. Neil Plaskett sent Bussens away down the right and from his cross Reece Hunn stuck out a boot to clip the ball over John Higgs into the net.

The second half continued in the same vein with Lowestoft dominating possession. Gary McGee was inches wide from a Craig Bussens cross before Lowestoft deservedly moved ahead in the 58th minute. Craig Bussens was brought down outside the area and Adam Smith found the back of the net with his direct free-kick.

A rare Dereham counter saw Jay Eastoe-Smith just clear the bar but it was soon back to the walls for the visitors.

Lowestoft were not to be denied a third goal, which came in the 70th minute. Matt Nolan's close control created an opening for Reece Hunn to take the ball to the byeline where he pulled it back for Gary McGee to slam home.

Scott Mitchell came off the bench and his excellent cross was scrambled behind for a corner. Another Craig Bussens sortie down the right saw the ball knocked just wide by Gary McGee. Matt Nolan thought he had scored his first goal for the club but his volley was disallowed for offside and moments later he saw another effort bounce down off the underside of the bar and out.

Lowestoft: Reynolds, Plaskett, Smith, Woodrow, Crane, Halliday, Godbold (Bussens 19), Fisk, Nolan, McGee (Hilton 85), Hunn (Mitchell). Subs (not used): Potter, Dale Cockrill, Darren Cockrill, T Marsden.

Dereham: Higgs, O Willis, Furlong, Eastoe-Smith, Williams, Beaumont, S Willis, Roberts (Howell 72), Mowbray (Atkins 72), Gusterson, Terrington (Harris 67). Subs (not used): Buhlemann, Talbot.

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