Joint Dersingham boss hails community spirit

Dersingham FC v Reepham FC
Dersingham FC v Reepham FC
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Joint Dersingham Rovers manager Robbie Back hailed the amazing community spirit after the club defied the odds to get their Anglian Combination game on at the weekend.

While football fixtures across the county fell victim to the snow and ice for a second successive Saturday, a real Herculean effort saw Dersingham’s fixture against Reepham get the go ahead.

More than 25 people, along with the help of a tractor, joined forces to clear the surface of snow at the Pastures and get the pitch playable.

Back, who even picked up a shovel himself, said: “There were a few people down the club on Friday who cleared about a quarter of a pitch, only for it snow again on Friday night.

“When I turned up on the ground at nine o’ clock on the Saturday, there looked little chance of getting the game on.

“But we were determined to try to get the game on. As well as players and officials, there were a few people from the village, who were nothing to do with the football club, who turned up to help.

“The community spirit and togetherness at the football club and in the village in general has just blown me away.

“We’re one big family and Gary (English) and myself just felt so proud to be managers of the club on Saturday, it felt as though we’d reached a cup final to get the game on.”

On the pitch, Dersingham’s players also displayed tremendous spirit as they came from two goals down to clinch a point in their quest to win the title.

Goals from Kevin Winkworth and Steven Drake, early in each half, put the visitors firmly in control on a really heavy pitch.

But Dersingham dug in with Danny Jezeph reducing the arrears midway through the second half.

Jezeph was then brought down by the Reepham goalkeeper in the penalty area, but Paul English saw his spot-kick save as the visiting shotstopper redeemed himself.

But it was pocket dynamite Jezeph who had the last laugh as he levelled the scores in injury time.

Back praised Jezeph, saying: “Danny has got so much ability and his attitude has changed so much in the last couple of years.

“He just wants to play football and he could easily play at a higher level if he had the right person looking after him.”

Saturday’s point saw Dersingham remain fifth in the table, with two games in hand on most of the teams above them in the table.

On Saturday, they travel to reigning champions Cromer.