Dereham have one eye on play-offs following good recent run

Lewis Butcher scored a late winner for Dereham in midweek. Picture: SUSAN WATTS

Lewis Butcher scored a late winner for Dereham in midweek. Picture: SUSAN WATTS - Credit: Archant

In-form Dereham Town will look to continue their fine form when they host mid-table Phoenix Sports – with a play-off place still a possibility.

Lewis Butcher's late header earned the Magpies their fourth league win on the bounce on Tuesday night, when they beat Maldon & Tiptree at Aldiss Park.

Matt Henman's side are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions and are now just four points adrift of the top five.

Phoenix travel to Norfolk from east London for the second weekend in a row, having lost 2-1 at Wroxham last Saturday. Sports are looking to avoid a third defeat on the bounce, having slipped to 14th in the table.

However, they did beat the Magpies 3-2 in the reverse fixture in October, winning the game with a clever free-kick late in the game.

Ryan Crisp scored Dereham's other goals against Tiptree in midweek, equalising in the first half and firing the hosts in front after the break.

The Magpies return to action on Monday when they travel to another mid-table side, Soham Town Rangers, as the season quickly hits the finishing straight.

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