Unfinished business for top-five chasing Dereham Town boss Henman

It's been all smiles again for Matt Henman of late. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

It's been all smiles again for Matt Henman of late. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

Dereham Town manager Matt Henman moved quickly to add Ross Bailey and Luke Wales to his squad last week – and the Magpies' boss has revealed his transfer business has not finished yet, writes Ed Colman.

The Ryman North play-off hopefuls are set to confirm the addition of another new signing within the next few days, and Henman said he is delighted with the quality he has within his squad as Dereham look to step up their bid for promotion to the third tier of non-league football.

'We are delighted with the quality that we have within the squad, but we are always looking to improve and develop and we are hoping to add a left-sided player to the squad within the next few days,' said Henman.

'We have just got a few things to sort out before we can confirm the deal, but I am confident that it will come off and if so it will see a player rejoin the club. But first there are a few things we need to sort out with another Ryman club.'

The Magpies strengthened their bid for a top-five finish by beating Cheshunt on Saturday and promotion rivals Brentwood on Tuesday by the same 1-0 scoreline.

Bailey netted on his debut at the weekend and his second match-winner at Brentwood was enough to ensure victory for his new side and earn praise from a delighted Henman.

'Ross has looked really bright since he came in and he always works really hard to make sure that he is in the right place at the right time,' said the Magpies' boss of his arrival from Ryman Premier Bury Town.

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'He supports the ball and holds up play really well and is always on the move, which allows him to be in the right place to find the back of the net.

'We also bought in Luke Wales last week, who has been on the bench for the last two games, but has come on and done very well in two very difficult games.

'I am sure it will not be long before he is fighting for his place in the starting line-up and it's good to have the quality that we have at such as important stage of the season.'

Next up is the visit of Ware to Aldiss Park on Saturday and Henman wants to see his troops maintain the pressure on the sides around them.

He said: 'We know that Ware are going to be a tough test for us.

'They have been doing quite well recently and we know that we are going to have work hard to get something from the game and it's important that we do so as the most important thing for us now is to try and break into the play-offs.

'It is important that we have got back-to-back home games coming up; firstly against Ware Saturday then Tilbury on Tuesday and we need to carry on performing the way that we have been in order to try and take maximum points from the game and put us in the best position possible.'

The Magpies, in sixth position, go into the latest round of fixtures in Ryman League North just two points and one place outside of the prized positions to qualify for the end-of-season shoot-out for promotion.

They also have the benefit of having two games in hand on the side directly above them, AFC Sudbury.

If results go their way at the weekend Dereham could move up to fourth leapfrogging Sudbury –who visit Burnham Ramblers – and Norfolk rivals Wroxham – who face a daunting trip to title-challenging Harlow Town – in the process.