Dereham Town go marching on in Ryman League North and Norfolk Senior Cup
Dereham Town followed up their impressive 3-0 win over Thamesmead by progressing to the next round of the Norfolk Senior Cup, writes Rene Kendal.
Manager Matt Henman was pleased to win an 'awkward' game 3-1 at Diss Town on Tuesday night to progress to the quarter-finals of a competition they were runners-up in last season.
Against Thamesmead, goals from Rhys Logan, Frazer Blake-Tracy and Luke Tuttle earned the Magpies the Ryman League North points. Dereham looked solid throughout with Dan Morphew and Dion Frary in good form, protecting their defence.
At Thurlow Nunn League First Division side Diss, after dominating the early stages, Dereham fell behind to a fine goal by youngster Calum Oplin in the 28th minute.
However, 10 minutes later Ryan Crisp netted to make it all square at the break. Tuttle put the Magpies in front in the 54th minute and after creating numerous chances Sam Borrer scored the all important third goal in the closing stages.
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Henman said: 'I thought we started well, but they scored a good goal to go in front. We showed a lot of character and got our goals at vital times. We scored a quality third goal which finished the game off.'
The Magpies will now have to wait to find out who they will play in the last eight.
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On Saturday it's back to Ryman North action with a trip to Great Wakering Rovers. Dereham will be looking to win their third league game on the trot.
On the same day the club's reserves – who won 4-0 at Needham Market's second-string last time out on November 14 – host Halstead Town.