Dereham Town 1 Yaxley 0 – Magpies squeeze into next round of FA Cup by edging replay

Swardeston cricketer Joe Gatting made his debut for Dereham Town Football Club last night. Picture:

Swardeston cricketer Joe Gatting made his debut for Dereham Town Football Club last night. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Dereham progressed to the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with Dawid Radomski's second-half strike settling a close game, writes Rene Kendal.

Yaxley had the first opportunity of the preliminary round replay in the 10th minute when Phil Stebbing had his close-range effort saved by home keeper Will Viner.

As both defences remained on top, Michael Sommerfield and the visitors' Stuart Wall, formerly of King's Lynn Town and Wisbech, failed to make the most of decent sighters. Radomski fired wide just before the interval as he tried to force a breakthrough.

A Dan Cotton header after the restart raised Yaxley's hopes of taking the lead. Ross Watson, another former Linnet, thought he had achieved the feat but was denied by Viner.

Home manager Matt Henman brought on Joe Gatting for his debut and he showed plenty of classy touches. And it was he who helped break the deadlock by playing Radomski down the left. The Pole lifted the ball over advancing keeper Aaron Butcher from 20 yards and into the net with 72 minutes on the clock to put the Magpies ahead.

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Tom Walters and then Radomski went close to making it two but it didn't matter as Yaxley, try as they might, failed to force extra-time with Charley Sanders receiving his marching orders late on for an elbow.

Dereham – who drew 4-4 at Yaxley on Saturday – pocketed £1,925 for progressing and will host Holbeach United in the next stage of the competition on Saturday, September 3.

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