‘Side also now without a goal in over 288 minutes of football started badly. A corner in the second minute was poorly cleared by the Barkingside defence and Lewis Sturman picked his spot with a right foot shot to open the scoring.
Chris Clarke in the ‘Side goal even began to question whether his teammates cared after they went so easily behind.
Luke Tuttle calmly slotted home a penalty on 29 minutes to double the lead and ultimately seal victory.
The match strangely had a pre-season feel to it.
‘Side did improve in the second half but it still took over an hour for the Dereham Town keeper Andrew Wilton to be given anything to do. Substitute Calvin Poku’s soft shot was easily dealt with.
With nine minutes left Liam Wales found himself clean through but Clark made himself big and the No. 11 put wide. Barely a minute later Clark was forced to save low to his right to keep the score at 2-0.
Up next is a classic relegation six-pointer as Barkingside travel to Romford on Wednesday night with just one place and two points separating them both in the table. For ‘Side it may not be a must win but it is certainly a must not lose.
Report by Kris Bramwell.