Borrer’s late strike keeps Dereham in the hunt
Dereham made it six games unbeaten with a 1-0 victory away at Redbridge on Saturday, but had to work hard for the points on a testing surface.
The home side's first chance of the afternoon came after 13 minutes when Emeil Aiken forced Magpies keeper Andy Wilton into a one handed diving save, off the line.
Both sides struggled to get out of second gear in a low key first half and Dereham struggled to find their feet on a very poor surface but remained a threat when attacking from set pieces. Craig Bussens proved this when he headed Aaron Kay's free kick onto the woodwork in first half stoppage time.
Just after the restart Aiken was extremely unlucky to avoid his marching orders after his reckless 49th minute tackle on Ryan Hawkins went unpunished by the officials.
The second half saw little change to the game, play remained scrappy with neither side creating any meaningfully chances with both sides starting to show their frustration.
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Despite the testing conditions Dereham continued to battle and started to dominate the closing stages and were rewarded for their efforts in the 88th minute when Sam Borrer finished off Shaun Bammant's cross to steal a deserved three points, ensuring the Magpies stay fourth in the Ryman North table. After the game Henman was appreciative of his players efforts following a scrappy game on a testing pitch. He said: 'Everyone from 1 to 14 worked really hard and showed spirit and determination. We look a much better side than the side that came here two months ago.'
Dereham: Wilton, Willis, Hawkins, Morphew, Howard, Sommerfield, Kay (Howell 90), Smith (Beaumont 46), Bammant, Borrer, Bussens. Subs not used: Charlsworth, Simmonds.
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Redbridge: McCathney, Worrell, Thomas, Smith, Henty, Bradbury, Carlile, Tenkorang, Aiken (Charge 50), Thompson. Subs not used: Matthews, Sawyer, Damali, Good.
Referee: Mr. L. Dyson.