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Division One East
|Thomas Hawes reports from Wadham Lodge|
|Erith & Belvedere||2||Wraight 16
Deres have spring back in their steps
THE first day of spring, the Deres were given a new lease of life in their quest
to avoid the dreaded drop from Southern League to the Kent League after a
fantastic all round team performance away at Wadham Lodge, the home of play-off
contenders Waltham Forest.
was the Deres who started strongest in front of a lacklustre crowd of 56 and
Erith should have been 1-0 up in the 2nd minute, but Ian Pulman
couldn’t negotiate the bouncing through ball and his shot was tame and was
easily saved by Emeka Aneke.
didn’t have to wait long to make up for his error and after 16 minutes had
been played he received the ball in a central position in the Forest half and
somehow managed to thread and exquisite pass through a crowd of Forest
defenders. The weight of the ball was near perfect and midfielder Gary Wraight
couldn’t believe his luck when he found himself one-on-one with Aneke. Wraight
made no mistake in slotting past Aneke to earn his first goal in a Deres jersey
and more importantly give the away side the lead.
Forest controlling possession, they couldn’t use it to their advantage and it
was the Deres who came closest to scoring after a goalmouth scramble, the ball
landed at the feet of Captain Wayne Brown, but the defender showed us why he’s
not an attack minded player and the ball was hoisted wide.
top scorer Chris Dickson seemed to be the most unfortunate of the Deres players
today as he was subject of numerous clattering tackles by Forest defenders –
twice in the final third of the first half fracas occurred due to malicious
tackles from behind on Dickson.
Deres started the second half strongly as they searched for a second and they
only had to wait eight minutes to get it. A beautiful swerving ball found Ian
Pulman in the bottom corner of the pitch. The ball sat up nicely for Pulman who
rifled a cross in on the half volley the ball went all the way to the back of
the box and an unmarked Mark Hammond had plenty of time to compose himself
before guiding the ball past a helpless Aneke in the Forest goal.
brought on substitutes Forest had a new lease of life and a shot bounced off the
top of the bar after 71 minutes and the Deres realised that the game had not
been won yet. Forest continued with their barrage, but a combination of solid
defending and superb goalkeeping meant that the Deres held out for victory.
there was just enough time for Dickson to be fouled again and this time Forest
were reduced to ten men.
Deres now have a five point gap over the relegation zone in their quest for
Southern League survival.