Magpies face tough games

Dereham Town, chasing a top-five Ridgeons Premier final position, face a tricky trip to Haverhill Rovers on Saturday ahead of Tuesday night's home game against title-chasing Needham Market.

Dereham Town, chasing a top-five Ridgeons Premier final position, face a tricky trip to Haverhill Rovers on Saturday ahead of Tuesday night's home game against title-chasing Needham Market.

They need to overcome a disappointing result at Felixstowe & Walton over the weekend when an early home goal set up a 3-0 defeat.

Felixstowe & Walton 3, Dereham Town 0

Dereham manager Matthew Henman welcomed Craig Terrington back to his starting line-up but was missing Nickey Howell. The Magpies got off to a poor start with the Seasiders winning a corner in the third minute. From skipper Frost's in-swinging centre keeper Marshall struggled to reach the ball, which held up in the wind, and Keith Hetherington headed home from close range, writes Rene Kendal.

Both sides won flag kicks that were cleared before Wilson had to make a timely interception to stop Phillips in his tracks. The defender then pushed forward as the Magpies won a free-kick in the 20th minute and just failed to glance home Terrington's deep ball from the right.

Dereham came close to equalising with Sam Willis' deflected shot from 14 yards striking the post after Harris and Barrett had set him up.

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Felixstowe immediately increased their lead with Neil Calver striking a speculative 30-yard shot that flew over keeper Marshall's head and into the net in the 30th minute.

The Magpies were awarded a free-kick for hand ball just outside the home box. Beaumont's right-foot curler cleared the wall but narrowly missed the target.

From a quick break in the 39th minute Grey released Harris, but the striker's low drive was well blocked by defender Betson as Dereham looked to get back into the game.

They then won a flag kick, with Beaumont's cross being returned to him at the far post. But with little time to react he fired over the top as Felixstowe went in at half-time with a two-goal advantage.

Dereham came out for the second half determined to reduce the deficit with Terrington and Ollie Willis delivering dangerous crosses from both flanks. They then won a corner that was cleared at the near post before Beaumont diverted Grey's centre over the crossbar.

Felixstowe nearly increased their lead when Hetherington put Phillips clean through, but Marshall made a fine save to keep out his low drive in the 53rd minute. The Magpies' keeper made another good stop to turn Phillips' overhead kick over the top following D'eath's long throw in.

Henman made a triple substitution with Devlin, Hunt and Wright being introduced.

Terrington was immediately put through with home keeper Crump saving the forward's low drive with his legs. Dereham began to press but could not make any clear-cut chances.

In the 67th minute Marshall had to be alert to tip Frost's powerful drive for a corner. Devlin was cautioned for an over enthusiastic tackle before the Magpies won a corner, both Wright and Harris having shots charged down in the 75th minute as the Magpies' frustrating afternoon continued.

Marshall raced from his line to clear from Scopes, Edwards was then allowed far too much space on the edge of the Dereham box and fired over the top.

Marshall was then nearly caught off his line by Bell's deep free kick which he managed to push behind for a corner.

In the 85th minute the Magpies' miserable afternoon continued with Terrington bringing down Scopes in the area.

Fom the resultant penalty Danny Phillips beat Marshall from the spot. Phillips nearly added to the Seasiders' tally when his well-struck right-foot drive flew narrowly past a post.

Dereham: S Marshall, O Willis, C Terrington, C Anselin, D Cullington, J Wilson, S Willis, S Grey, R Harris, G Barrett, D Beaumont. Subs: S Garner, S Wright, J Hunt, S Muddel, G Devlin.