Dereham Town are forced to share the spoils in Norfolk Ryman League Division One North derby

Dereham and Norwich United did not feel the pain of derby defeat on Tuesday.

Dereham and Norwich United did not feel the pain of derby defeat on Tuesday. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Norfolk rivals Dereham Town and Norwich United shared the spoils in their first Ryman League meeting at Aldiss Park.

The Planters, who have started their first season at a higher level in superb style, created a chance in the sixth minute when Liam Jackson turned and set up Tim Henery, but he fired wide when well placed.

Dereham won a series of corners and from the third Michael Sommerfield's far-post header was hacked off the line. But it was United who made the breakthrough three minutes after the break when Henery hammered home a superb drive.

The Magpies equalised in the 70th minute.

Danny Beaumont fed Adam Smith who threaded a great pass to Rhys Logan on the right, enabling him to move in on goal before beating former Dereham keeper Andy Wilton with a superb drive.

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The midweek result arrived off the back of Saturday's brave FA Cup exit to higher-level St Albans City.

The Magpies took the lead through Sommerfield, but Saints equalised and then netted a winner with five minutes left.

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Up next for Dereham are Division One North trips to AFC Hornchurch on Saturday and Witham Town on Tuesday.

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