Dereham 2 Harlow 2: Crisp at the double for Magpies

Ryan Crisp scored Derehams equaliser at Maldon & Tiptree last month. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Ryan Crisp scored Derehams equaliser at Maldon & Tiptree last month. Picture: Mark Bullimore - Credit: Archant

Dereham shared the points with title-chasing Harlow in an eventful game at Aldiss Park.

The visitors went close after just eight minutes when they hit the bar with Magpies keeper Will Viner stranded. But they didn't have to wait too long to take the lead as Leon Antoine rose well to head home Mario Noto's corner from the right three minutes later.

But Dereham levelled matters in the 19th minute, skipper Sam Borrer finding Craig Bussens who delivered an inviting ball from the left towards Ryan Crisp, who got in front of his marker to score with a fine glancing header.

Visiting keeper David Hughes had to be alert in the 40th minute to dive full length and palm Luke Tuttle's curling free-kick from the left behind for a corner.

Dereham were playing with great confidence and with a minute left in the half, Crisp got his second, curling a left-foot free-kick around the wall and into the net.

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Viner saved from Alex Read and then denied the same player from the penalty spot after he was upended by Vadin Costandachi. There was more drama in the 67th minute as referee Crossland pulled his calf muscle, with an an official in the crowd taking his flag.

With 15 minutes left the visitors grabbed a point, through Craig Pope. In the third of the seven minutes of added time sub Lewis Perkins struck the base of Viner's post with a superb 25-yard drive, as Dereham hung on for an excellent point.

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