Henman hails striker as Dereham Town lift Norfolk Senior Cup
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Dereham Town boss Matt Henman was pleased to see his team make up for their loss to Wroxham in last year's Norfolk Senior Cup final with a clinical 2-0 victory over Norwich United, writes David Freezer.
Just four players who featured in last year's extra-time defeat to the Yachtsmen were in the team that won on Friday but Henman was still relieved to consign that loss to the history books.
'There was quite a lot of different players playing, there was one or two playing in their first Senior Cup final and maybe their first at Carrow Road in a game of this nature so we had a bit of freshness about us,' the Magpies manager said.
'But there's one or two in there that suffered a bit of pain last year in a game that we felt we had more control in than perhaps we did in this one and didn't defend as well as we have this time.
'So to do it in the manner we have done, keep a clean sheet and score two good goals is really pleasing.'
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One of the players who did play in last year's Carrow Road defeat was skipper Luke Tuttle, who shook off a hamstring problem to play a starring role. He set up Rhys Logan's opener and netted his side's second.
'He picks up positions on the pitch which are really difficult for defenders to know where he is,' Henman continued.
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'If we can get the ball out to him and he can play on the half turn and move forward, with the likes of Crispy (Ryan Crisp) and Rhys running off him, it's a really big threat for us.
'I thought he was outstanding and at the route of all our good play.'
Tuttle was at the heart of all of Dereham's best attacking play, taking his tally for the season to 27.
'After last year, going up 1-0 early on and losing the game (to Wroxham), it was nice to be here again and finally put that right really, so it's good to get the win,' the striker said.
'It's been a good season really all-round – pity we didn't get in the play-offs – but we go on again next season and hopefully push on and get to the play-offs. With the squad we've got we can do that quite easily.'
Tuttle was replaced in the 76th minute as his hamstring started to trouble him and added: 'I was pleased to make it through what I did really. I pulled up after about 10 minutes but nothing was stopping me being on that pitch, as soon as I got my goal, that was it really.'
Dereham – who will take on United in Ryman League Division One North next season after they achieved promotion – will now play a Norwich City XI in a pre-season friendly this summer.
That match was secured as an extra prize for winning the county's flagship football competition – which was played out in front of more than 1,000 fans.