Dereham Senior Cup delight
Dereham Town boss Matty Henman is confident the Magpies' faith in youth can sustain a Ridgeons Premier Division title push next season.
Henman's side hammered King's Lynn 4-1 to lift the Norfolk Senior Cup at Carrow Road on Friday evening to complete a successful campaign which saw them also finish runners-up behind champions Leiston.
The Magpies' chief believes the Aldiss Park club now have the foundations in place to challenge for league and cup honours over the long term.
'We are not going to be the type of club who chase titles and throw money at it just to win it,' he said.
'We'll continue to evolve steadily like we have done these past three years. If that takes us to challenging for the league then brilliant but we won't throw money at it just to do it for one year.
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'We want to build something that is stable, solid and sustainable for five, six, seven years. That way if we go up, we're in a good position to challenge for the league above.
'Like any club at our level and beyond, money is a factor. I have to sit down and talk to people on the committee to see what we can do. If we can bring in one or two players in good areas then we'll look to do that. I know the areas and it's really bringing in maybe a player or two to give us that strength in depth to the squad – rather than saying the players here are not good enough.'
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Teenage duo Sam Borrer and Lewis Wallace have both blossomed in the senior ranks this season and were included in the Carrow Road starting line-up.
'They can handle it and they have done really well for us,' said Henman. 'We've always had a philosophy of bringing in and developing the young players and finding the best ones locally.
'Obviously we have had two or three play in the game (at Carrow Road) – the likes of Sam and Lewis have come up from our U18s and their performance suggested they had played at this level for a long time.'
Dereham had the Senior Cup as good as won by half-time on Friday night as two goals from Danny Beaumont and another from Olly Willis saw them move into a 3-0 interval lead.
Kyle Downes made it 4-0 before King's Lynn pulled one back, but it was a comfortable night for the big Dereham contigent in the 1300-plus crowd.
Henman felt his men underlined their pedigree on the county's biggest footballing stage.
'At the end of the day we took our chances and that is what counts.'
The first goal was a clinical strike and the second goal came out of the blue a little bit with Olly (Willis) just rolling it into the empty net.
'Then Danny got his second goal with a really nice finish after a great ball through from Smithy (Adam Smith).
'We put Nicky Howell on at half-time, who had been away and on the beach for three months, and he made an immediate impact with the ball square for Kyle (Downes).
'Let's be honest, I think things went for us at both ends of the pitch. We took our chances, King's Lynn missed a few and our goalkeeper made two or three great saves.
'You could argue on the balance of play they had more of the ball and we sat back a little bit deep, but that is what happens when you go two and three goals up.'
Henman had words of sympathy for the Lynn management duo, adding: 'I do genuinely feel for Kevin (Boon) and Setch (Gary Setchell) because they have had a monumental season and to finish without anything must be a real kick in the teeth.
'They have done a fantastic job with a new football club and I think they will get stronger and they will go up next year.'