Ridgeons League Premier round-up

PUBLISHED: 15:04 12 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:45 10 September 2010

Dereham bounced back from their FA Cup exit by recording their third successive Ridgeons Premier victory against Tiptree at Aldiss Park on Saturday.

MAGPIES SHOW ALL THEIR BEST QUALITIES

Dereham bounced back from their FA Cup exit by recording their third successive Ridgeons Premier victory against Tiptree at Aldiss Park on Saturday.

After a disappointing first half hour, when both sides struggled on a blustery afternoon, the Magpies began to take charge.

By that time they had already missed a 10th minute penalty with Craig Terrington failing to hit the target. However, Danny Beaumont netted in the 38th minute following good work by Nicky Howell to give his side an interval lead.

In the second half Dereham produced a fine all-round display and were rewarded with two further goals.

Terrington's luck changed in the 59th minute when his corner from the right deceived keeper Aaron Benstead and curled inside his near post.

Dereham's final strike was also rather bizarre with Tiptree defender Ben Cross ducking under Sam Willis' goal-bound shot from the left of the area, after hearing a call from his keeper, and the ball sailed into the bottom corner of the net in the 68th minute.

The Magpies kept pressing to the end and could have added to their tally with the experienced Essex side being outplayed.

Manager Matty Henman was again full of praise for his players. He said: “I was pleased with how the players reacted after the two hard games against Stamford.

“They showed both sides of the game, having to battle in the first half before being able to play more in the second.

“We created plenty of chances and could have perhaps won by more.

“I was delighted that 16-year-old James Hadley made his debut and Jay Eastoe-Smith again played well.”

The Dereham boss is looking to increase his firepower and is talking to a couple of strikers.

Andy Wood has left the club to play at a local level but we will retain his Ridgeons registration.

After today's rearranged match at Wisbech the Magpies travel to the Abbey Stadium to face CRC next Saturday, kick-off 3pm, before visiting Norwich United on Tuesday, September 23 kick-off 7.45pm.

Last Friday night the Reserve side kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-2 draw at Thetford with Troy Bond and Scott Roberts on target.

t YACHTSMEN TORPEDOED TWICE BY LATE STRIKES TO DROP FIVE POINTS

Wroxham fans might be forgiven for believing the soccer gods had deserted them after the Yachtsmen were demolished by two devastating results that cost them five precious Premier points.

At Needham Market against a resolute outfit with a reputation of seizing red hot results out of the embers of dying games where they appear to have no hope, last season's runners-up did it again with an equalising goal seven minutes into stoppage time.

A similar situation stunned home supporters among a splendid 300 crowd at Trafford Park on Tuesday night when Lowestoft Town came from behind to blast home two goals in the closing stages to steal a victory from a thrilling confrontation.

On both occasions Wroxham's downfall was the absence of key players due to suspensions, domestic duty and injuries during the games that upset their momentum and concentration.

At Needham, Wroxham were excellent value for money and after a sterile first half of nip and tuck football the home side went ahead soon after the break through Scott Field.

Immediately Josh Carus went up to score an equaliser following a free-kick, and with only five minutes remaining Graham Challen also jogged forward to head home, again from a free-kick on the left.

A couple of minutes before the end of normal time Wroxham's Gavin Lemmon went down with a bleeding head wound which resulted in a yellow card for home player Small from a referee who, in fairness, was lenient to both teams after clamping down in the first 15 minutes.

Wroxham were clearly unhappy with the outcome of this incident and they were still brooding on it when Needham's Field forced home the equaliser in the 97th minute, after which the visitors hung on for yet another two minutes during hectic action.

So, it was a hard-earned point that might have been three, then it was back to Wroxham in the hope that Damian Hilton's makeshift squad could send Lowestoft home with their first defeat of the season.

The Yachtsmen were without striker Paul Cook suffering from a dead leg, Damian Hilton and Andy Key were suspended and Alex Notman was unable to get back from Scotland for this vital fixture.

To make matters worse substitute defender Hoffman failed to show up on the night with allegations he had not been told he was required.

The rest is history. Wroxham who had taken the lead through Danny White in the 25th minute were playing superbly until right back Danny Self was injured and did not resume after the break. His berth was filled by Danny White whose absence in the midfield removed the bite that had been clamped on Suffolk's FA Vase heroes who then went on to gain control in this most vital part of the pitch.

The Blues exposed the weakness to perfection, mounting consecutive raids down that exposed Wroxham's right flank. And with two minutes of normal time remaining they hauled in all three points with vital goals from Dale Cockrill and Jamie Godbold with some home supporters already turning the ignition keys believing victory was in the bag.

All credit to Lowestoft, they battled and battled to complete their early-season double over the Yachtsmen, but it might have been so different had Wroxham not been weakened at a time when it mattered most, more especially for this weekend's cup tie at Grantham.

Wroxham's next game scheduled is against Histon Reserves at Trafford Park, always providing there is no FA Cup replay.

t UNLUCKY 13 FOR THE PLANTERS

A bad week for the Planters with all three sides losing and conceding 13 goals across the three games.

The first team travelled to Wivenhoe with seven changes from the team that had beaten Felixstowe on the previous Saturday. Adam Ferguson and Warren Preston both missed out through suspension, Shaun Bammant was missing through illness and Criag Vincent, Lee Howlett and Duane Eastall were all unavailable for differing reasons while youth team keeper Daniel Quantrill dropped back down to the reserves.

In came new signings Keith Hetherington and Shane Herbert to make their debuts, Seb Muddel and Ben Goddard stepped up from the bench, Ben Garnham returned from suspension and Tom Jeal and Jake Imrie were recalled.

Despite a promising start, opposition keeper twice called into action to deny first Goddard and then Hetherington, it was Wivenhoe who took the lead in the 14th minute, Underwood heading home Collins cross at the near post.

Hetherington wasted no time in making his mark as less than a minute had gone when the Planters were level, the ex-Felixstowe striker hitting a firm shot past Rutherford from a Goddard cut back.

The Planters were unable to build on this as Wivenhoe were back in front just four minutes later when Simpson blasted a free-kick in at Herbert's near post. Things went from bad to worse when after 26 minutes Craig Roberts handled in the box and Simpson netted his second from the spot.

The Planters produced some quality football resulting in a penalty of their own in the 36th minute, Garnham and Muddel combined well down the left to provide Nathan Page with a chance to take the ball into the area where he was upended by Wayne Goddard. Hetherington stepped up but Rutherford guessed correctly and saved not only the spot kick, but two follow-up shots from the striker.

Ben Goddard had a shot blocked and Muddel had a goal chalked off before the Planters gave themselves a lifeline in the 73rd minute. Craig Beeden had only been on the pitch six minutes when he found Jeal wide on the left and then ran to the far post to head home the defender's cross.

Two goals in the final six minutes killed off the Planters' chances of salvaging a point and put a somewhat unflattering picture on the scoreline, Collins netting at the far post after good work by Blake and Underwood latched onto a long through ball to score past Herbert.

Tuesday's friendly against Yarmouth was called off after Yarmouth picked up some injuries last Saturday so an inter-club friendly was arranged. Today the Planters entertained King Lynn Reserves and next Saturday they travel to Kirkley & Pakefield for a tricky looking FA Vase second qualifying round tie.

A young reserve side lost 4-2 at home to a physically stronger Wortwell side. Next Saturday they travel to Mousehold Athletic in the Norfolk Junior Cup, kick-off 2.30pm.

The Under-18's slipped to a disappointing 4-0 defeat at Emerald Park on Wednesday evening, a scoreline which failed to reflect the balance of play. Adam Blanche had a shot cleared off the line before the young Greens opened the scoring with a looping header in the 34th minute after the defenders failed to clear their lines. Gorleston's keeper then made two good saves from Blanche and Jack Deeley either side of a Gorleston penalty for a push in the box. George Brooks was the next to suffer from the home keeper's agility on the hour mark. Quantrill then saved another penalty, this time for a foul, only for the referee to mysteriously have it retaken and Gorleston duly scored. A spectacular fourth in injury time gave the game something to remember from a game marked by baffling decision making.

The Under-18's begin their Ridgeons Youth Cup campaign with a home tie against Diss Town on Tuesday at Plantation Park, kick-off 7.45pm.

t RESULTS

Dereham 3, Tiptree 0 (138)

Felixstowe 1, Kirkley & Pakefield 3 (102)

Histon Res 2, Whitton Utd 2 (61)

Lowestoft 5, King's Lynn Res 0 (402)

Needham Mkt 2, Wroxham 2 (184)

Walsham-le-Willows 1, Stanway 0 (47)

Wivenhoe 5, Norwich Utd 2 (115)

Woodbridge 2, CRC 2 (102)

Tuesday:

Felixstowe 0, Wivenhoe 3

Mildenhall v CRC postponed

Stanway 4, Whitton 4

Wroxham 1, Lowestoft 2

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