Promoted Dereham Town ‘learn lessons’ from two Ryman Division One North defeats in a week
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Matt Henman believes that his side will learn from the mistakes they made in their opening two league matches matches after they fell to a 4-1 defeat at Cheshunt on Tuesday night.
Speaking after his newly-promoted team's second Ryman Division One North defeat in three days, Henman said: 'We need to learn from our mistakes tonight and we need to learn to take our chances, especially when we are on top in games.
'There were spells on Saturday and tonight when we were on top in the game and created lots of good chances but we just didn't take them. We need to learn at this level that if we do not take our chances you're going to get punished and we will need to learn that quickly.
'It is not just scoring goals that has been an issue, we have conceded seven goals in two games so we need to look at that as well. It is not a defensive issue, it is a team issue and one we need to address.
'However, I think we have played two really good sides and there are positives to take and we just need to get the first goal in games, it makes such a difference.'
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Dereham made two changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Heybridge Swifts on Saturday – a game in which Danny Beaumont found the net – with Jay Eastoe-Smith coming in for Adam Gusterson and Adam Smith starting in place of Nicky Howell. The Magpies started well and dominated the opening stages of the game and had a string of chances to take an early lead.
Summer signing Beaumont went close to opening the scoring after eight minutes, but couldn't touch an in-swinging cross past Cheshunt 'keeper Matt Bennett. Ross Gilfedder also went close soon after, before Luke Tuttle forced Bennett into making two heroic saves from point-blank range.
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The hosts started to cause problems on the counter attack around the half-hour mark but Town defended well and Andy Wilton made two good saves to the keep the scoreline level.
However, after the interval two goals in as many minutes turned the game on its head, putting Cheshunt firmly in control. The first came after 47 minutes when Will Holmes opened the Ambers' account after a good break down the left which was soon followed by a second as Joe Clemo finished from long range to put the hosts in complete control.
The goals seemed to knock the stuffing out of Dereham and just 10 minutes later, and having offered little in reply, their fate was sealed when Matthew Mitchell scored to make it 3-0 .
With just 10 minutes to play Aaron Kay finally pulled a goal back for the Magpies with a great strike from a 25-yard free-kick. But, with time all but up Mike Deane capitalised on a mistake in the Town defence and restored the hosts' three-goal advantage.
Dereham travel to Brentwood Town at the weekend before welcoming Witham Town to Aldiss Park on Tuesday night.