Dereham boss Henman salutes his Magpies
Dereham Town manager Matty Henman was delighted to edge a 'winner-takes-all' showdown against King's Lynn to lift the Norfolk Senior Cup at Carrow Road.
The Magpies and Linnets both went into the seasonal finale looking to clinch the one remaining piece of silverware on offer after finishing runners-up in their respective leagues.
'I do genuinely feel for Kevin (Boon) and Setch (Gary Setchell) because they have had a monumental season and to finish without anything must be a real kick in the teeth,' said Henman.
'Nothing I can say can make that any better but they have done a fantastic job with a new football club and I think they will get stronger and they will go up next year. I'm sure of that. From our point of view we're delighted to get the cup.
'We were in the same situation as them coming into the game. We finished second in the league, like they did, but obviously didn't have the FA Vase run they had. We concentrated on the league and it was all or nothing for us. Thankfully, we came out the right side of it.'
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Henman's side were ruthless in the first half and had keeper Shaun Marshall in superb form to repel the free-scoring Linnets either side of half-time.
'I feel a bit drained at the moment,' he said.
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'The way the boys played, especially in that first half, and how they kept possession and moved it around and creating chances was excellent.
'We seemed to take every one that went our way in the first 30 minutes and that was a great platform for us.
'King's Lynn have dangerous players and they hurt us at times. We had to hang in.
'Marshy has made two or three brilliant saves and that is what he has done all year.
'It was really important to go in at half- time 3-0, rather than 3-1, and that gave us momentum.
'I just felt when King's Lynn managed to get a head of steam up in the game we managed to snuff it out.
'That is down to the boys' effort and working hard for each other – and of course we have some quality in our side as well. Danny Beaumont's first goal was a great strike and as soon as it left his foot we could see it going in the top corner.'