Underdogs tag is not a worry for Dereham Town ahead of FA Cup trip to St Neots Town

Sam Borrer was on the scoresheet during Dereham's demolition job of Burnham. Picture: IAN BURT

Sam Borrer was on the scoresheet during Dereham's demolition job of Burnham. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: IAN BURT

Dereham Town know they'll have to do it the hard way – again – if they want to be in the hat for Monday's FA Cup draw.

The Magpies drew 2-2 with St Ives Town before winning a thrilling preliminary round replay on penalties, having drawn 3-3, to set up a daunting trip to Southern Premier Division high-fliers St Neots Town. But boss Matt Henman insists he's looking forward to taking on higher-level opposition.

He said: 'We know that it is going to be a tough match for us but it is also a match that as a squad we are really looking forward to. We go there as underdogs really, so there will be no pressure on us.

'We have got plenty of goals in our team, as we have shown over the last two games, especially during the match against Burnham and it's not only the strikers scoring but the midfield behind them is very creative and very dangerous as well.

'If we can go there and play like we have done recently then I am confident we can go there and certainly get a goal or two.'


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The Ryman Division One North Magpies, plying their trade one tier below Neots, thumped Burnham Ramblers 7-0 on Saturday before edging Brightlingsea Regent 2-1 three days later. Those victories have given Henman and his troops added confidence going into the first qualifying round clash – which will go to a replay if the two teams cannot be separated after extra-time.

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