Ryman North: Dereham pay the price for slow start at Aveley

Dereham's Ryan Hawkins scored at Aveley. Picture: Ian Burt

Dereham's Ryan Hawkins scored at Aveley. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Dereham paid the price for a poor first-half performance as they went down to play-off rivals Aveley at Mill Field.

The home side took the lead when Tyler Devlin capitalised on a defensive error to net in the ninth minute.

Aveley had two further half-chances before Ryan Hawkins instinctively fired at keeper James Marrable from close range following Craig Bussens' centre.

As Dereham started to adapt to the sticky pitch, Hawkins diverted another Bussens centre over the top. However, Aveley increased their advantage in the 30th minute when Devlin played a neat short pass to Jack Stevenson in the box enabling him to beat keeper Andy Wilton with a weakly struck shot.

The home side then benefited from some more poor defending with Theo Ola netting from close range in the 35th minute. Dereham then reduced the deficit with Hawkins firing home a fine 20-yard drive in the 38th minute to give them hope for a second-half comeback.


You may also want to watch:


Shortly after the break Dan Morphew had a goal-bound header blocked before Hawkins blazed a long-range effort just wide.

Dereham continued to press with Louis Mason shooting wide from close range.

Most Read

Play was halted after Andy Wilton received treatment following a poor challenge from Devlin. The visiting keeper was unable to continue with Aaron Kay taking over between the posts and Chris Skipper entering proceedings.

Dereham dominated the half but could not find the goals necessary to avoid defeat.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus