Dereham Town looking to extend hot streak
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Dereham Town boss Matt Henman is full of confidence going into Saturday's FA Cup clash with St Neots Town.
The Magpies have enjoyed a magical few days ahead of the first qualifying round clash having annihilated Burnham Ramblers 7-0 and edged Brightlingsea Regent 2-1. And those home victories have left the Magpies feeling positive ahead of their trip to the higher-level Saints.
Henman said: 'We have enjoyed two great but very different wins against Burnham and Brightlingsea and it is nice to be going into the game with a bit of confidence and off the back of recording six points.
'We know that it is going to be a tough match for us on Saturday, but it is also a match that as a squad we are really looking forward to. We go there as underdogs really, so there will be no pressure on us.
'We have got plenty of goals in our team, as we have shown over the last two games, especially during the match against Burnham and it's not only the strikers scoring but the midfield behind them is very creative and very dangerous as well. If we can go there and play like we have done recently then I am confident we can go there and certainly get a goal or two.'
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The Magpies will be without Adam Smith and Harry Barker for the game, who are both still struggling with injuries. However they will be boosted by the return of Olly Willis while Michael Sommerfield faces at a fitness test at training tonight.
Neots enter the competition at this stage because they play in the Southern Premier League, one tier higher up the non-league ladder than Dereham. If the teams can't be separated after extra-time, a replay will be held at Aldiss Park next week.
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While the Saints are quality opposition, they'll be fearful of a Dereham Team who have plundered nine goals in their last two Ryman Division One North matches.
Strikes from Aaron Kay, Scott Roberts, debutant Michael Clunan – signed from Lowestoft Town – Sam Borrer, Luke Bailey and a brace from Toby Hilliard put Dereham in seventh heaven on their own turf at the weekend.
And they backed that up with a hard-fought triumph over Regent to move up to eighth in the table thanks to goals from Hilliard and Craig Bussens.
If the weekend's FA Cup match isn't drawn Dereham will host Wroxham in a huge league derby on Tuesday.
The Magpies' second-string, who drew 1-1 at Debenham LC in the Thurlow Nunn First Division on Saturday, host Cornard United this weekend.