Dereham Town 2, Hadleigh United 0

New signing Michael Sommerfield made his debut in the Magpies defence.

Dereham made a positive start, winning a free-kick in an advanced position and a corner, but neither troubled the Essex side.

The home side took the lead in the 13th minute with an awesome strike from Billy Smith. Hadleigh keeper Daniel Heath failed to intercept a Gary Starling free kick from the left and the ball was headed out to Smith who hammered a blistering drive into the net via the left hand post.

Starling nearly caught out Heath with a 30-yard free kick before the full back delivered another free kick into the visitors' defence which, after a series of ricochets new boy Sommerfield forced the ball home to increase Dereham's lead in the 24th minute.

The Magpies continued to press with Hadleigh not proving a threat to Shaun Marshall's goal. On half-time Hadleigh forward Ollie Canfer headed over the top when well placed, but Dereham enjoyed a commanding lead.


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The visitors increased their workrate at the start of the second period and Chris McLauhghlin headed a cross from Jack Cawley wide in the 55th minute.

Play remained open but there were few chances on goal, with defences remaining on top. In the 72nd minute a strong run by Starling nearly unlocked the visitors' defence before Ollie Willis made good ground into the box but shoot way off target with his weaker left foot.

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Some over zealous challenges broke up Dereham's flow in the second half but their first half dominance gave them the points.

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