It’s a Magpies v Linnets cup final

Dereham Town will play King's Lynn Town in the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup after the Linnets' 5-1 semi-final home win over Thetford.

The Magpies will hope to get back to winning league ways on Saturday when they visit bottom-four outfit Walsham-le-Willows.

Hadleigh 2, Dereham Town 0


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A Dereham Town team tired by their midweek cup exploits at Carrow Road slipped further behind in the race for the Premier Division title on Saturday, writes John Cushion.

The Magpies lost 2-0 at Hadleigh and were unable to make any impression on leaders Leiston who reached the final stages of the FA Vase and show few signs of being affected by the resulting fixture backlog.

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On Tuesday night the Leiston v Wroxham match was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

That means Dereham are five points behind Leiston, who have two games in hand. Third are Wroxham, 4-1 home winners over Histon Reserves – on the same number of points, 56, as Dereham but from two more games played.

Dereham manager Matt Henman said on Sunday: 'Leiston, if they continue their form, will win the league.

'We must try to improve our league form. All we have to concentrate on is looking at the next game and trying to win that.

'If Leiston slip up we need to be in a position where we can take advantage.'

Henman admitted the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final win over Norwich City had taken its toll. 'We were very tired. We tried to freshen up by putting some fresh legs in. There was not a lot of quality in the game from either team.' He said a defensive error gave Hadleigh their first goal after about 20 minutes.

'We played most of the second half in their half, but were not incisive enough, we didn't have enough energy. They got their second in the 93rd minute.'

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