Dereham 0 – Harleston 2
This week saw Harleston Magpies, sponsored by Dynamic Club Shops, take on Dereham, a local derby that never fails to entertain. The teams’ lineups make up the majority of the Norfolk county team, but friendships are left in the bar and it is a fixture that both teams desperately want bragging rights over.
Dereham started quickly, a fast attack coming through CJ Edwards resulted in a flurry of shots, excellently denied by the Harleston goalkeeper, man of the match, John Livings. The home side definitely had their tactics set, soaking up pressure from the visitors and looking to counter at every opportunity. However, it was the travelling Harleston team which dominated possession and took first blood. Archie Winter picked up the ball deep into the Dereham half, rounded the right back with some superb 3D skills, teed the ball up and volleyed the ball ferociously into the far right corner, the goalkeeper rooted to the spot and beaten by the sheer power.
This saw the visiting team start to pick up their game and create chances at will. The Dereham side did not falter though, defending resolutely and bravely after sustained pressure. This saw then through to within 5 minutes of the final whistle as they searched for an equaliser and what would be a great point, even though they were at home. However, this was not to be as a good manoeuvre down the left flank saw the ball drop to player coach Ben Wright who managed to fire a quick reverse stick shot off on the break away which took a wicked deflection off a Dereham player’s stick and left the goalkeeper wrong footed. Harleston were made to sweat with 3 minutes remaining when a turned over ball at right back following sustained pressure meant that Leigh Sitch had little choice but to selflessly bring down the Dereham forward preventing a clear goal scoring opportunity and hence receiving his marching orders. The resulting corner was well saved by John Livings ensuring the final score ended 2-0 to the visiting Harleston Magpies who will look to take this recent run of form to Cambridge University.