Ryman Division One North: Dereham Town 5, Aveley 1
- Credit: IAN BURT
Matt Henman's magnificent Magpies continued their march up the Ryman Division One North table with a superb display.
They soon took charge when Danny Beaumont's firm forward pass from the left was only partly blocked and the ball fell kindly to Craig Bussens who drilled home from 20 yards in the fifth minute.
Sam Borrer then glanced a header into the keeper's arms before the home side doubled their lead in the 15th minute. Adam Smith laid the ball inside to Luke Tuttle who instinctively hammered a powerful 25 yarder that dipped over Jack Giddens and into the roof of the net. Dereham continued to dominate proceedings and they reaped their rewards again when Shaun Bammant increased the lead in the 34th minute. After receiving Bussens' defence-splitting pass the striker coolly slotted home giving Giddens no chance. Immediately Bammant and then Borrer missed good chances to put the game beyond the shellshocked Essex side before the break.
Dereham again pressed after the restart before Aveley tested Andrew Wilton for the first time in the 55th minute but the home keeper confidently saved Rashid Kamara's low drive. Minutes later he was then forced into a fine point-blank save to deny Junior Appiah.
The hosts were soon back on the offensive and Aaron Kay set up Bammant at the far post who gleefully netted from close range in the 66th minute.
Wilton made a couple of fine stops before Appiah pulled one back for the visitors. However, Henman's men completed their emphatic win in the 89th minute when Bussens headed home Tuttle's cross.