Magpies top league but exit Challenge Cup

Dereham Town are still setting the pace in the Ridgeons Premier Division despite Wroxham closing the gap with recent results.

On the cup front, the Magpies lost 1-0 at home to Wisbech on Tuesday night in the first round of the League Challenge Cup, the goal coming early in extra time.

After an evently-contested 90 minutes, the match was settled just two minutes after the re-start when Luke Kennedy netted from close range after a long ball from the back had caught out the Dereham defence.

On Saturday, star striker Danny Beaumont hit a hat-trick with Scott Roberts and Gary Starling completing the nap hand for the Magpies at lowly Felixstowe and Walton United, the score 5-0.

Dereham manager Matt Henman was pleased with the result, which he said was a timely one.

'It was important to win, having dropped a couple of points the week before and Wroxham breathing down our necks.

'It was a good all-round team performance. We're hoping to put another run of wins together in the next few weeks.'

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It was 1-0 at half-time with Roberts netting then Beaumont got the next three – two from penalties – before Starling wrapped up a comprehensive win for the league leaders.

With Wroxham beating hosts Hadleigh 2-0, the gap remained two points between the Norfolk rivals, but Dereham have played two games fewer for their 42 points.

Third-placed Kirkley & Pakefield have 31 points from 19 games while CRC in fourth have 29 from 16.

On Saturday, the Magpies travel to sixth-bottom Brantham Athletic and on Tuesday night they host Norwich United in the league.

In the fourth round of the Norfolk Senior Cup, Dereham face a trip to Ridgeons Division One promotion contenders Gorleston.