Three more points in Magpies' nest
Woodbridge 1, Dereham Town 2THE Magpies bagged another three Ridgeons Premier points following a patchy display at Woodbridge.Their lowly hosts nearly went in front in the seventh minute with fullback Robert Smythe's dipping 30-yarder was superbly tipped over the top by keeper John Higgs, writes Ren� Kendal.
Woodbridge 1, Dereham Town 2
THE Magpies bagged another three Ridgeons Premier points following a patchy display at Woodbridge.
Their lowly hosts nearly went in front in the seventh minute with fullback Robert Smythe's dipping 30-yarder was superbly tipped over the top by keeper John Higgs, writes Ren� Kendal.
Nicky Howell missed two good chances for the visitors as play remained fluid. Dereham were missing the presence of injured central midfield duo Adam Smith and Graham Barrett as Woodbridge saw plenty of the ball.
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Danny Beaumont nearly broke the deadlock in the 40th minute when his 35-yard free-kick clipped the top of the home bar.
In first-half added time Woodbridge's Thomas Trevivian struck a Dereham post with defender Stuart Williams making a tremendous goal line clearance as Ben Goddard attempted to net the rebound.
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Kenny Reeves replaced the injured Beaumont at the break and the Magpies soon gained a two-goal lead.
Scott Roberts drilled home a low left-foot drive in the 48th minute following Craig Terrington's ball from the left.
Another youngster, Joel Brien, increased the Magpies' advantage in the 55th minute when he finished off a brilliant solo run by Ollie Willis.
Woodbridge remained lively and missed a penalty in the 65th minute with Ben Seaman firing way off target from the spot.
After creating several chances Woodbridge finally found the net in the 85th minute when Joshua Mayhew scored from close range.
Dereham played out the last minutes to take the points and will be looking to add to their tally at Newmarket on Saturday, ko 3pm, with manager Matty Henman hoping that several of his players recover for their injuries.