Magpies to tackle champions

Dereham Town are at home to Ridgeons League champions Leiston on Saturday with runners-up spot resting on the result following the Magpies' 2-1 defeat at rivals Wroxham on Monday.

That left Dereham one point ahead of the Yachtsmen – the sides have the same goal difference. Wroxham finish their season at Woodbridge.

Runaway champions Leiston, after being held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Wivenhoe on Saturday, lost 2-0 at Kirkley & Pakefield on Monday, giving Dereham hope that they can achieve manager Matt Henman's ambition of claiming second spot before the Norfolk Senior Cup final with King's Lynn Town at Carrow Road.

In Monday's game, Gavin Lemmon gave Wroxham a fourth-minute lead and Damian Hilton netted his 16th league goal of the season midway through the first half.

Jay Eastoe-Smith grabbed a late consolation for the Magpies.


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On Saturday, Dereham had a comprehensive 4-1 win over visiting FC Clacton.

They were 1-0 down to a penalty but levelled just before half-time through Scott Roberts, who added another in the second half after Danny Beaumont had netted Dereham's second. Criag Bussens completed the scoring.

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Dereham boss Matt Henman said: 'It was a bit of a scrappy game and we weren't at our best in the first half.

'But we were better in the second half and it was a comfortable win and, most importantly, it was three points to consolidate second place.'

Before Monday's game, Henman said: 'I believe we should be very proud that we have put ourselves in a position to compete with a squad as experienced and lucrative as Wroxham have assembled.

'Having added two exceptional strikers to their ranks since the new year I'm sure everyone expects them to finish ahead of us, but we are in good form and our young players will give everything, as they have all season.'

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