Boss Henman feels strength in numbers can help Dereham Town get through Ryman North fixture pile-up

The players of Dereham Town will need to keep tight as a unit to cope with their gruelling January s

The players of Dereham Town will need to keep tight as a unit to cope with their gruelling January schedule. Picture: NEIL SMITH - Credit: Neil Smith

Dereham Town manager Matt Henman believes that his side's strength in depth will show through over the coming weeks as they prepare to face 10 matches in just over a month, writes Ed Colman.

The Magpies' match at home to Needham Market was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on Saturday and is now to be played on Tuesday January 27, adding to the fixture congestion facing Henman's team.

He said: 'We know that we have got a lot of matches coming up in a short space of time and while that is never ideal, I am confident that we have enough strength in depth to cope with the fixture list.

'With the exception of Luke Tuttle, we have pretty much a fully fit squad at the moment so in that respect it has been very frustrating to have seen matches called off.

'However, we now have a group of around 20 players who all have regular first team experience and with the 10 games in one month we are going to manage the squad carefully, but I'm confident we can do so.

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'While playing so many matches doesn't leave us a lot of time to train, one of the positives of it is that we only have two midweek away games in January which should allow us to get in early and work on a few things before our home matches.'

Dereham take to the field for the first time in 2015 today when they make the trip to Cambridgeshire to take on a Soham Town Rangers team who held the Magpies to a 1-1 draw when the clubs met at Aldiss Park in August.

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Dereham go into the match having won two, drawn one and lost two of their last five league matches and Henman is calling on his side to be more consistent as they aim to cement a serious play-off challenge.

Henman added: 'Consistency will be key for us over the next few weeks. We want to start winning games, especially our home matches, and use the momentum we gain from doing so to push on up the table.'

Following their New Year's Day match, Dereham host Thurrock on Saturday.

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