Dereham Town’s Ryman League North improvement will be tested against unbeaten Bury Town
Dereham Town's renewed confidence will be given a thorough examination at Aldiss Park this evening.
The Magpies have exploded into life in their last two matches having endured a slow start to the Ryman League North campaign. Matt Henman's charges had scored in just one of their first five fixtures – winning just once in the process – before drawing another blank during a disappointing FA Cup preliminary round exit at the hands of Deeping Rangers.
Yet the shackles finally came off at Redbridge when the men in black and white went nap to record a stunning away triumph. And last time out they matched that feat by smashing five goals past Brightlingsea Regent to record a first triumph on their own turf.
Henman, back from a recent trip to America which saw him miss a host of his side's early-season clashes, said on Twitter after Dereham made it 10 goals in two matches: 'Excellent performance and result from the players @derehamtown tonight. Belief in themselves and trust in each other. #coym.'
While they will be keen to keep that run going this evening, Dereham face arguably their toughest challenge so far this month by welcoming unbeaten Bury Town.
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Ben Chenery's boys – who progressed to the second qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday by beating Cockfosters while Dereham were without a match – have hit the ground running following relegation from the Isthmian set-up's top flight.
The Rams have won four and drawn three of their first seven fixtures back at Step Four of the non-league ladder and are among a clutch of outfits aiming to keep tabs with early pacesetters AFC Sudbury.
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In other semi-professional action this evening, at one level lower in the pyramid, Thurlow Nunn Premier Division champions Norwich United welcome Kirkley & Pakefield.
There's also a managerless derby between Swaffham Town and Thetford Town. The Pedlars are looking for a new boss following Paul Hunt's shock decision to quit during his sixth season of a successful stint at Shoemakers Lane.
Their visitors are under the temporary management of Dave Skipp and Ian Fancett as a result of the sacking of long-serving Mark Scott. The duo have lost their first two matches, both of which were in cup competitions.