Dereham Town boss calls for focus ahead of back-to-back Ryman Division One North home games
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Dereham Town manager Matt Henman is warning his players not to get caught up by derby fever, writes Gavin Caney.
The Magpies host Norfolk rivals Wroxham in a mouth-watering Ryman Division One North fixture on Tuesday. With big bragging rights at stake it's no surprise that plenty of thoughts have already turned to the midweek clash under the lights.
However, with Maldon & Tiptree set to arrive at Aldiss Park on Saturday, Henman's first focus remains on getting three points in the bank this weekend.
Dereham's boss said: 'You have to understand that sometimes when you have a young squad, which we have, you have to work on players' focus and consistency a little bit. It will make the lads better players.
'On Saturday we'll try and ban any talk or thoughts of Wroxham. We've been brilliant away from home in the league lately but we've undone some of that hard work at home with a couple of poor results and performances.
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'We've got to take advantage of these two home games and take some of the pressure off ourselves for Tuesday by getting a good result against Maldon and going into the Wroxham game in the right frame of mind.'
The Magpies head into a big couple of days on the back of an excellent 1-0 FA Trophy first qualifying round victory over higher-level Enfield Town on Saturday. Sam Borrer netted Dereham's winner which pocketed them £2,700 in prize money and set up a home clash against FA Vase winners Sholing in the next stage on November 15.
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Henman has no fresh injuries worries ahead of their Tiptree test but Toby Hilliard is unavailable and Jay Eastoe-Smith could miss out due to work commitments. Fit-again midfielder Matt Hockley looks set to return to the squad.
'We just need to improve our consistency,' added Henman.
'We let ourselves down the Saturday before (4-1 league loss loss to Great Wakering) and then put in a great performance to beat Enfield. Sometimes we're left scratching our heads as to why there is a little bit of change in our performances.
'We've had a good couple of months but this is a big few days for us and we need to focus.'