Dereham Town looking to take fine Ryman League North form into home FA Trophy tie
Dereham Town will be hoping to ensure their sweet September continues into October, writes Rene Kendal.
The Magpies were unbeaten in all seven of their matches last month as they powered their way up to eighth in the early-season Ryman League North table.
The crowning moment came on Tuesday night when Matt Henman's men exacted revenge on Wroxham – the side who beat them 3-2 after extra-time in May's Norfolk Senior Cup final – by winning the latest derby clash between the two Step Four sides. Local pride and points are not at stake this afternoon, however, with Dereham beginning what they hope will be a lengthy FA Trophy adventure.
Same league Waltham Abbey are their visitors for a preliminary round clash at Aldiss Park which is worth £2,500 to the victors – who will travel to either Chalfont St Peter or Beaconsfield SYCOB in the next round.
Henman said: 'I thought that (against Wroxham) was the best we've played for a long while.
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'We should have been more than one up at the break. To their credit they kept coming at us even when they were two down, and perhaps felt they should have pulled a goal back.'
With Rhys Logan prominent on the right at Wroxham, Town created numerous chances, but it was not until the 39th minute that Ryan Crisp gave them the lead.
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After receiving Luke Tuttle's precise pass the striker skilfully dinked the ball over advancing keeper Elliott Pride.
The Magpies increased their advantage from the penalty spot in the 56th minute with Tuttle making no mistake after keeper Pride had upended Crisp as he looked to net.
Dereham beat Abbey 1-0 in a Ryman North game two weeks ago thanks to a late, late strike from Tuttle. This afternoon, the hosts' Seb Bialasik and Matt Cook are on county duty, but Dan Morphew returns.