Hotshots warm up for FA Vase

THE FA Carlsberg Vase is growing big on DerehamTown manager Matty Henman.He said there was growing excitement about the FA Vase run, and victory on Saturday would leave the Magpies just two games from Wembley.

THE FA Carlsberg Vase is growing big on DerehamTown manager Matty Henman.

He said there was growing excitement about the FA Vase run, and victory on Saturday would leave the Magpies just two games from Wembley.

'Each round is potentially the biggest in the club's history - it is that big. We have gone from the beginning of the season where we said: 'Let's have a good run' to now where we are saying: 'Let's try and win it!''

'There are 16 good teams left but no one will be world beaters and each can be able to win it. Needham put out the holders in the last round and we have played them already this season at home and got a draw, but perhaps should have won it.'

'It will be tough, very close and very competitive and if we play as we can we are well capable of winning the game.'

He said Nicky Howell had also been rested on Saturday and would 'come back fresh' this weekend.

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'We have won both our last two league games and have been able to rest different players.'

Wivenhoe Town 2, Dereham Town 5

Third-placed Dereham gave a debut to keeper Nathan Baker replacing the injured John Higgs, writes Rene Kendal.

Nicky Howell was unavailable as manager Henman re-arranged his side.

Dereham soon got their passing game going and they opened the scoring with full-back Gusterson delivering a low cross from the right byline which reached Olly Willis, who netted with a left-foot drive in the seventh minute.

The Magpies doubled their advantage with Paul Atkins striking home a crisp 20-yard drive following a Smith cross from the left.

Wivenhoe's Springett was fouled on the edge of the box by Smith, however the midfielder ballooned his free-kick way off target.

After Gusterson received a caution, the Essex side won a corner on the right, with Shepherd's centre being hammered over the top by Amas.

In the 27th minute Sam Willis nearly increased Dereham's lead when he curled a right-footer past keeper Galbally but defender Blake made a fine goalline clearance.

From their next attack, the Magpies made it 3-0, and the lively Willis made a penetrating run round the back of the home defence before chipping the ball to the far post where in-form striker Atkins netted with a downward header.

Wivenhoe skipper Shepherd was booked for a reckless challenge on Sam Willis as Wivenhoe struggled to compete against a confident Dereham side.

In the 40th minute Atkins completed his hat-trick. Smith, who had been controlling the midfield, sent Beaumont towards the Wivenhoe area, and after progressing, the striker found his partner with a superbly-weighted square pass, enabling him to slot home from close range.

Second half both sides won corners that failed to trouble the keeper. Dereham began to dominate proceedings again and Wivenhoe's Lake was cautioned for a poor challenge on Sam Willis near the halfway line.

Wivenoe won two corners, the second was not properly cleared with the ball reaching Nolan whose attempted lob was palmed onto the crossbar by keeper Baker. From the resultant melee Ronaldo Wright netted from close range in the 62nd minute to reduce the deficit.

Eastoe-Smith replaced Smith with Buhlemann moving into midfield. Dereham were soon threatening again with Gusterson heading Beaumont's flag-kick wide. Gusterson thwarted Wright with a timely interception after he had sped into the Dereham box.

In the 75th minute Atkins and Beaumont combined well on the right with the latter's cross being glanced inches wide by Sam Willis.

The Magpies then registered their nap-hand after Atkins's effort had been blocked on the line skipper Graham Barrett gleefully fired the loose ball home.

From the restart Wivenhoe found the net when a long ball forward reached Wright who struck his second goal of the afternoon.

Dereham Town: N Baker, A Gusterson, D Furlong, D Buhlemann, S Williams, D Beaumont, O Willis, A Smith, P Atkins, G Barrett, S Willis. Subs: J Eastoe-Smith, S Garner, J Brien, S Thaxton, S Fletcher.