Massive test as Dereham Town look to squeeze into Ryman North play-offs

Dereham Town's Luke Tuttle. Picture: Ian Burt

Dereham Town's Luke Tuttle. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Dereham Town's chances of gatecrashing the play-offs will be given a huge boost if they upset AFC Sudbury.

The Magpies have been in and around the top five for months but know they need to enjoy a fine end to the season – as well as hoping other teams slip up – to keep their hopes of achieving promotion alive.

Matt Henman's troops are three points off the pace with just six matches to go, one of which comes at home today against third-placed Sudbury.

While their opponents look certain of reaching the end-of-season shoot-out, Dereham need wins. And a home one this afternoon would go a long way to keeping the Aldiss Park outfit right in the hunt going into the final month of the campaign.

A 2-0 win at Barkingside, which was achieved thanks to goals from Lewis Sturman and Luke Tuttle, helped keep Henman's men hanging onto the coat tails of Wroxham, fifth, and sixth-placed Thurrock ahead of this weekend's fixtures. But that triumph will count for little if they've slipped up come 5pm.

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