Dereham Town 1-1 Great Wakering Rovers
Great Wakering Rovers moved off the bottom of the Pitching In Isthmian League North table following a hard-fought draw with Dereham Town at Aldiss Park.
Rovers headed to Norfolk searching for their first point of the campaign following three successive defeats and they got off to a perfect start when debutant Ashley Nzala handed them the lead after half an hour following a square ball from Mitch Gilbey.
But the home side – backed by the majority amongst the 237-strong crowd – hit back after the restart. Jerry Dasaolu restoring parity in the sixty-first minute, diving headlong to convert after good work from Luke Johnson and Rhys Logan.
Dereham applied plenty of pressure in search of a winner, while the Rovers cause wasn’t helped when Nzala was red-carded fourteen minutes from time.
Speaking to Yellow Sport after the game, Rovers boss, Steve Butterworth said: “If the phrase ‘a game of two-halves was ever relevant, this was it.
“I thought we were dominant in the first half and should have had the game dead and buried.
“But at 1-0, Dereham will always have a chance. Once they scored, there appeared to be only one winner. We had to defend well, particularly once we were reduced to ten. But a great point and something to build on.”
The result moved Great Wakering up three places. They return to Pitching In Isthmian League action on Tuesday, September 14 when they take on Tilbury at Chadfields (7:45pm).