Dereham Town 4 Tilbury 2: Magpies skipper hits hat-trick
- Credit: Matthew Usher
Skipper Sam Borrer smashed in a 17-minute hat-trick as Dereham battled back to claim all three points.
The Magpies were 2-1 down at the break against 10-man Tilbury, but Borrer's heroics turned the game on its head.
Home keeper Will Viner had been forced to palm away Greg Cundle's fierce drive for a corner in the opening minutes, but Dereham went ahead in the 10th minute. Frazer Blake-Tracy fed Ryan Crisp on the left with visiting keeper Clarke Bogard upending the striker as he looked to round him – leaving the referee no alternative but to point to the penalty spot, with Luke Tuttle doing the honours.
There was soon drama at the opposite end as Tilbury were reduced to 10 men – after winning a free-kick on the left, as the players lined up for the delivery, Tilbury's Kurt Smith was shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball infringement with just 14 minutes on the clock.
Crisp tested Bogard with a low 20-yard effort which the keeper comfortably saved before the Dockers created a chance with Cundle stooping to head Jimmy Cook's centre over the top. But Tilbury restored parity in the 31st minute when skipper Matt Game beat Viner with a superb 22-yard drive. Dereham defender Payton Swatman then ventured forward and drilled a left-footer into Bogard's arms.
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Tilbury went in front for the first time in the 42nd minute. Lewis Butcher found space in the visitors' half, but lost possession after a poor pass. Tilbury broke quickly and Greg Cundle beat Viner with a precise finish to give then an interval lead.
Dereham manager Matt Henman made a double substitution, bringing on Craig Bussens and Rhys Logan, and his side were soon on level terms.
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Borrer received Adam Smith's pass and unleashed a powerful 30-yard drive that rattled the roof of the net in the 46th minute.
Dereham increased their advantage in the 56th minute with Borrer making a strong run to latch onto Matt Howard's long ball and lift the ball past the advancing keeper.
The Dereham skipper then exchanged passes with Tuttle in the 62nd minute before slotting the ball home to complete a superb hat-trick to seal the points.