Magpies want to spoil the party
DEREHAM Town hope to spoil Saturday visitors Needham Market's Ridgeons League title party.Magpies' manager Matty Henman said this week: 'I'm sure Needham Market will bring a good number of supporters as they finish their push to the title.
DEREHAM Town hope to spoil Saturday visitors Needham Market's Ridgeons League title party.
Magpies' manager Matty Henman said this week: 'I'm sure Needham Market will bring a good number of supporters as they finish their push to the title. Hopefully we will have a few of our own as we look to spoil the party.
Looking back, he said: 'In the past few weeks pitches have been as dry as I've seen them in a long while which hasn't made for great football matches.
'We've also suffered a couple of nasty knee injuries to Craig Terrington and Stuart King with the hard surfaces being a factor. Craig's looks to be the more serious of the two and will probably require surgery, whilst we're hoping that Stuart's will respond to treatment.
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'The facilities and pitch at Wivenhoe on Saturday were extremely poor and you have to take your hat off to the people who are working extremely hard to keep that club going with very little finances. It should also make all our players and supporters appreciate the fantastic club we have and the people who now, and in the past, have made that happen,' commented Henman.
'The game was reasonably comfortable and having led 3-1 at half-time through goals from Ollie Willis, Scott Woodgate and Scott Roberts the result was put to bed early in the second half with a great strike from Danny Beaumont.
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'Woodgate added a fifth near the end, and but for a couple for minor knocks everyone returned home unscathed and looking forward to our final home game on Saturday against championship challengers Needham Market.'
The reserves were left without a game after Leiston Reserves again chose not to travel.
Henman continued: 'Our young reserves under John West and Stu Fletcher have had a fantastic season and are hoping that Lowestoft Reserves fail to win any of their final three games to hand us the league title. It was a massive shame that they couldn't have their final home game to round of a great year.
'The under-18s confirmed the divisional title with a great 2-1 win at Norwich United last Thursday, and finished the game with only one player who will be too old to play next season, and now enter the play-offs.
'Last week was also notable for the fact that we had eight players in the starting line-up for the county youth team that won their championship and one player, Kenny Reeves, who scored live on Sky TV for England Schools under-18s' win against Scotland. Kenny will also appear on Sky on Friday night against Ireland.