Assistant keeping calm after disappointing Dereham Town start

Neal Simmons, left, is keeping things in perspective at Aldiss Park. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Neal Simmons, left, is keeping things in perspective at Aldiss Park. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

Dereham Town head to Essex looking for their first win – and goal – of the new season, writes Rene Kendal.

The Ryman North play-off hopefuls have got off to a disappointing start, losing two and drawing one of their opening three fixtures. Yet assistant manager Neal Simmons, who is taking charge for a couple of weeks in the absence of boss Matt Henman, remains confident the side can soon get a victory under their belts as they prepare to take on Heybridge Swifts.

'It was disappointing on Saturday,' said Simmons of Dereham's 3-0 home defeat to AFC Hornchurch.

'We didn't create many chances and made too many silly mistakes. We will be working hard on the shape of the team, but we must be realistic. It will take time for us to gel. There is no need to panic, it is a long season, the goals will soon come. We still aim to strengthen the squad if the right players become available.'

Adam Smith returns to a squad that are sweating on the fitness of Sam Borrer, Ryan Crisp and Olly Willis.

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