Magpies have to maintain winning habit

'We have just got to keep winning.'

That was the message from Dereham manager Matt Henman (pictured) at the weekend after his Magpies completed a second impressive win within five days.

They followed up the midweek victory over Wroxham with a 3-1 home win over top-five Haverhill, writes John Cushion.

That left them five points behind leaders Leiston, who had two games in hand, but suffered FA Vase quarter-finals defeat.

Henman wondered if that might affect Leiston's form.

'It could knock their confidence, we experienced it when we got knocked out and were poor for a couple of games. It may affect them.'

He pointed out that there was still a third of the league season to play, during which Dereham play Leiston twice.

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On Tuesday night Leiston entertained Stanway and drew 2-2, which left the Magpies six points behind from one game more.

All the goals at Aldiss Park at the weekend came in the second half. 'We worked hard in the firt half and defended well, and second half we opened up,' said Henman.

Shamus Kelleher netted from 25 yards then followed up his blocked shot to make it 2-0 before Adam Smith put the game beyond doubt ahead of Haverhill's consolation goal.

On Saturday, the Magpies entertain bottom-five Wivenhoe while on Tuesday night they are at home to mid-table Stanway.

Looking ahead to the Norfolk Senior Cup final on April 5, Carrow Road opponents King's Lynn Town will be playing that game after their two FA Vase semi-finals with Coalville Town, which might give the Magpies an advantage.

The Linnets visit Coalville, 1-0 winners over Leiston at the weekend in the quarter-finals, on March 26 with the return tie at The Walks on April 2.

Coaches are running to the final from Aldiss Park at 6.15pm for a 7.30pm kick-off. Seats are �3 per person.

Contact the club on 01362 690460.