Dereham Town boss Henman eyes a fitting Norfolk Senior Cup final finale
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Dereham Town head to Carrow Road desperate not to suffer Norfolk Senior Cup final heartbreak for a second year in a row, writes Gavin Caney.
The Magpies suffered a 3-2 after extra-time defeat to Wroxham in last year's pulsating showcase. But tomorrow night they have the chance to immediately go one better when they lock horns with Norwich United at the home of their illustrious Premier League neighbours.
Ryman League Division One North Dereham have played their football one level higher than their opponents this season but Matt Henman is only interested in making sure his men end their campaign on a high note.
'I think that it's a great way to end the season,' said the boss of Dereham, who finished ninth – their third top-10 finish since moving up to Step Four of the non-league ladder.
'We want to win the game because it rewards everyone at the club for all the hard work that they have put in. Although we finished ninth I actually think that this has been one of our best seasons when you consider all the changes to the squad at the start of the season.
'The way the players have gelled and come together has been outstanding.'
Dereham last lifted the county's most prestigious cup competition in 2011. The side that stands between them and end-of-season silverware – who they beat 1-0 in the 2006 final – have never got their hands on the prized trophy.
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The Planters do however go into the match having retained their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title – which should see them play in Dereham's league next season. They can only now complete a dream double after hopes of a terrific treble were ended by a 2-1 Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup final defeat to Mildenhall Town.
'We've already achieved back-to-back league titles which is massive,' said Planters boss John Edridge.
'We'll be seen as the underdogs and rightly so but I'm confident we can give them a game and cause them problems.'
Dereham – whose last league game was on April 23 – blew off the cobwebs on Friday night by beating Anglian Combination Division One Bradenham Wanderers 2-0 in the inaugural Colin Wright Memorial Cup match.
Ryan Crisp and Lewis Butcher found the net in what proved to be a good and timely workout for the Magpies.
The real winner on the night was the Big C cancer charity with £800 being raised as a result of the match at Aldiss Park.
Tomorrow's final kicks-off at 7.30pm. Entry costs adults £7, concessions £4 and under-16s £2.