Dereham Town score six to cruise into semi-finals of Norfolk Senior Cup
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Dereham Town cruised into the semi-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup when they hammered underdogs Diss Town 6-0 at Brewers Green Lane.
The match between the Bostik League North side and their hosts from the second tier of the Thurlow Nunn League was a predictably one-sided affair, with Magpies' striker Joe Gatting scoring a hat-trick.
On a frosty evening the hard surface was testing for both sides and Ryan Crisp's long range drive was the visitors' first effort on goal in the 24th minute.
Kieran Hagan had earlier found space just inside the Dereham box but his shot did not trouble keeper Elliot Pride.
Minutes later Crisp turned in the box and beat home keeper Lewis Riches from 26 yards to put the visitors in front.
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The Magpies increased their lead in the 30th minute when Dion Frary headed home Danny Beaumont's free-kick. Diss keeper Riches made a fine double save to deny first Jamie Forshaw and then Crisp before the visitors added to their tally on the stroke of half-time when Gatting glanced home a free-kick.
Dereham made it four in the 50th minute, with Gatting firmly heading in Beaumont's superb long ball from the right.
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Gatting notched his hat-trick in the 57th minute after good build-up play involving Crisp and David Hinton.
Home keeper Riches twice prevented Gatting from increasing the lead but Dereham did add a sixth in the 85th minute when a cross from Crisp was sliced in by a home defender.
It was a first win for the new managerial partnership of Adam Gusterson and Olly Willis and a first defeat for new Diss boss Jon Abbott, who had started his reign with two wins.
The remaining three quarter-finals take place on Saturday, with the underdogs all at home. Wymondham Town take on Thetford Town, Mattishall play Norwich United and UEA entertain Swaffham Town.
There was a late call-off at Trafford Park, with the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division encounter between Wroxham and Histon being postponed because of a frozen pitch after earlier being given the go-ahead.