Dereham Town aim to keep up Ryman Division One North play-off push

Dereham Town, black and white, in action against Needham Market. Picture: Ian Burt

Dereham Town, black and white, in action against Needham Market. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Dereham Town will be looking to build on a fine week when they host fellow play-off rivals Harlow Town.

Matt Henman's Magpies picked up four points from a possible six when they won 3-1 at league leaders VCD Athletic on Saturday and drew 1-1 at fellow top-five hopefuls Witham Town three days later.

The results leave the Aldiss Park club, only promoted in the summer, sitting fourth in Ryman Division One North. And they will be the underdogs again this afternoon when third-placed Harlow arrive in Norfolk.

That said, they have already shocked plenty of teams at Step Four of the non-league ladder this season so are more than capable of securing a result to keep up their challenge to reach the end-of-season shoot-out for promotion.

On Tuesday night, debutant Lewis Sturman scored for Town and impressed his new manager with his first appearance in the black and white of the Magpies.

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Henman said: 'We brought in Lewis Sturman from Holbeach not long before the game, so it was really pleasing to see him come into the starting line-up and perform as well as he did. He did really well to come in and settle with the squad and it was great to see him score.

'Looking back a point is a fair reflection of the game and it was a really good performance against a very good side, so we're very happy with a point. We had to work very hard to get a point, the game was very scrappy at times.'

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