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Thurrock 2 Dereham Town 0: Magpies still without a win on the road

06:43 25 August 2014

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Dereham Town's Ryan Hawkins. Picture: Ian Burt

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Dereham Town are still without a point away from home this season, after falling to defeat away at Thurrock on Saturday.

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The Magpies conceded two goals in as many minutes in the early stages of the match at Ship Lane and, despite a much improved second-half performance, Dereham couldn’t make their chances count.

Thurrock striker Charlie Stimpson bagged both goals for the Fleet; the first coming after nine minutes after the 22-year-old got the better of Magpies keeper Andrew Wilton at his near post.

Just two minutes later and Stimpson doubled the hosts’ lead as his powerful right-footed effort found the back of Wilton’s net, from a testing angle.

Dereham did almost respond straight away but Andy Walker kept out Toby Hilliard’s powerful effort as Dereham began to create chances of their own and pressed for a way back into the game.

In the moments leading up to half-time, Dereham turned the tables on Thurrock but, despite dominating the match, were unable to make their pressure tell with Walker producing a string of good saves.

The Magpies felt they were hard done by when Remi Sutton only received a yellow card for a reckless tackle on Ryan Hawkins in the second half.

And with just over 70 minutes on the clock, Hawkins saw his penalty saved as Dereham struggled to break down a solid Thurrock defence, who eventually ran out 2-0 winners.

Matt Henman’s side are in league action again today, with Soham Town Rangers travelling to Aldiss Park, for a 3pm kick-off, having only dropped two points all season.

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