Lowestoft Town can finish the job, says Chris Henderson
09:17 05 May 2014
Lowestoft Town talisman Chris Henderson is adamant the Blues can finally finish the job at the fourth time of asking in the Ryman League play-off final this afternoon.
The forward has been part of two of the Blues’ three play-off failures and refuses to contemplate the possibility of more heartache at the hands of AFC Hornchurch.
“We feel confident - we’ve got a lot of experience of these types of occasions now,” said Henderson, who has plunderered 11 goals from the right flank this season. “It’s not all good experience but we’ve also got players that have been there and handled the pressure.
“We’ve got a lot of big players that have played at a higher level and a play-off final in front of more than 2,000 fans isn’t going to faze them.
“You’ve got people like Jake Reed and Rossi Jarvis who have played higher up the ladder and those sorts of players are going to take it in their stride.”
Henderson admitted the squad’s mindset is a lot different to previous campaigns ahead of today’s final.
“I think this season, instead of missing out on the title, I think we were happy initially just to be in there. Of course, we want to finish the job now but whatever happens we’ve had a brilliant season.
Henderson has called on fans to maintain their composure just as the players have in the end-of-season run-in. Any nerves on the Crown Meadow sidelines can easily translate to the players according to the former Bury Town man.
“It’s going to be a nervy encounter but it would just be great if the fans could try to stay positive,” said the winger, whose brother, Jamie, has jetted in from Dubai to watch the final. “When they get anxious that can transfer to the players and sometimes unconsciously you might not show for the ball when you should.
“But since Christmas the fans have been great with us and it hopefully they can give us more of the same.”
Henderson admitted he could forsee a scenario whereby Lowestoft are just 90 minutes from promotion to the Conference set-up earlier this season. However, defeat at home to Bury in January proved to be a turning point in the Blues’ season.
“I think we were about 12th in the table at that point and we also had about five weeks without a game,” he said. “But we’ve got ourselves in there with a very small squad. The team spirit has been brilliant this season and you just hope it can see us through.”