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Magpies want cup run

PUBLISHED: 13:45 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:35 07 July 2010

Dereham Town boss Matty Henman has set his side two objectives for 2010 after a difficult first half of the campaign.

So far the Magpies have struggled to hit the heights of last term, when they had a record-breaking run in the FA Vase and finished fourth in the Premier Division of the Ridgeons League.

Dereham Town boss Matty Henman has set his side two objectives for 2010 after a difficult first half of the campaign.

So far the Magpies have struggled to hit the heights of last term, when they had a record-breaking run in the FA Vase and finished fourth in the Premier Division of the Ridgeons League.

Playing catch-up after an indifferent start to the season, they currently stand 10th in the table, with barely half the points total of leaders CRC, while they also made an early exit from the prestigious national knock-out competition.

But Henman insists there is still plenty for Dereham to play for, starting on Saturday - weather permitting - when they are due to play host to Division One outfit Gorleston in the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup.

“We have got an excellent record in the competition in recent years and it would be great to get back to Carrow Road again, I know how much that means to our supporters,” he said.

“Having missed out in the Vase this season we'd love a run in the Norfolk Senior Cup and everyone is looking forward to the game against Gorleston.

“Whether it will go ahead remains to be seen of course, we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed on that.

“It was no surprise when our game (against Kirkley & Pakefield) was called off last Saturday because parts of the pitch were rock hard, but some areas were fine and we were able to put on a practice match on the training pitch, which was very useful.

“We'll be ready to play - but we'll have to wait and see what the weather does.”

Henman's other target for 2010 is a top six finish in the league, something that appeared nothing more than a distant dream a few months ago.

Amidst all the postponements and cup fixtures Dereham are actually on decent run of league form at present, having won four and drawn one of their previous six matches, and the manager will be looking for his men to carry that form into the new year.

“Looking at the league the top four have broken away from the rest but after that there's nothing in it and there's an opportunity for us to start climbing the table,” he said.

“There's also the incentive of finishing as the top Norfolk club in the league. Wroxham are just above us, with a few games in hand, after winning at the weekend but if we can maintain our current form we will keep the pressure on them.

“We're certainly confident we can do that. We have got a good pool of players here and the break has helped one or two knocks to clear up - injuries certainly didn't help our cause at the start of the season.

“We're on a nice little run so we're really looking forward to getting started again. It's also worth stressing that all our teams are doing well at the moment. The Reserves and the A team are top of their leagues while the under-18s are also near of the top with games in hand. Everywhere you look there are good young players representing the club and that has got to be a good thing.”

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