Town manager looks for grand finale
DEREHAMTown manager Matt Henman brings Magpies' fans up to date and says a great end to the season is possibleHAVING not got what we deserved from our last two away games at Needham and Leiston we more than deserved our point for our 1-1 draw at Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday.
DEREHAMTown manager Matt Henman brings Magpies' fans up to date and says a great end to the season is possible
HAVING not got what we deserved from our last two away games at Needham and Leiston we more than deserved our point for our 1-1 draw at Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday.
Our opponents had come off the back of five straight wins and are a tough team to play against on their tight pitch.
The team's performance was exactly what was required and having weathered an early storm we were the better side in the first half and were therefore disappointed to concede just before half-time and go in 1-0 down.
The second half started much like the first, and we again defended well to keep in the game and having done that deserved our equaliser that Jay Eastoe-Smith scored from a corner.
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From there it was ourselves who looked most likely to get a winner and their keeper made great saves form two free-kicks from Danny Beaumont. At the other end we looked very solid and all round the fight and togetherness we showed was great to see.
The attitude we have shown away from home now needs to be shown in our games at Aldiss Park in order to finish the season strongly.
There is still the opportunity to finish in the top six which is where we should, without doubt, aim to be with the talent we have in our squad.
Walking off the pitch on Saturday, it was great to hear that we had won the corresponding reserve game at home which all but guarantees our reserves a top two finish with only Lowestoft having the ability to stop us winning the league.
The A team also won 6-1 at home so all round it was a satisfactory day.
During the week I watched our U18s win a top-of-the-table tie away at Lowestoft having been 1-0 down at half-time and battling back to win 3-1.
On the night there were some very good performances with one young player, Sam Page, earning himself a place in the first team on Saturday because of it.
We have a break on Saturday before entertaining Norwich United at home next Tuesday.
There is still plenty of football for everyone at the club to look forward to and we could still have a great end to the season.