Managers of Wroxham and Dereham look to future after dramatic Norfolk Senior Cup final
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Wroxham manager Stewart Larter is hoping to see long-term benefits from victory over Dereham in the Norfolk Senior Cup final.
The Yachtsman won a dramatic encounter at Carrow Road thanks to a last-gasp penalty from Jamie Forshaw, to complete his hat-trick and make the score 3-2 after extra-time.
The victory not only prevented a third successive Senior Cup final defeat for the club but also brought an end to a poor run of form which saw Larter's side miss out on the Ryman North play-offs.
'The thing that we were critical of the players was the mental toughness towards the end of the season,' Larter said.
'In the last nine games I think we lost two but we only won one and we drew too many games and fundamentally that's what cost us.
'To be that high in the league and to be in the play-off positions for so long, we were third for ages, it does hurt a little bit. But hopefully that mentality has changed a little bit with this game, with the experience for a relatively young side. To get that under your belt and to win it is something that you can't buy.'
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The success completed an excellent first season at Trafford Park for Larter, who joined the club from Gorleston last summer, taking several players with him.
'I'm very happy with the 17 or 18 that we've got, maybe one or two will move out but I think the nucleus of the side will stay together,' the Wroxham boss added.
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'Nights like this help with that and to finish eighth from where the club were last year and, more importantly, to win a trophy, is really important and hopefully from this situation we've changed the mentality a little bit and we can push on from this situation.'
It was not such an enjoyable night for Dereham boss Matt Henman, who now turns his attentions to building on the club's seventh-placed finish in Ryman North.
'We'll be losing Ryan Hawkins, that was his last game, he's signing for St Neots,' Henman revealed.
'He deserves to play at a higher level and we saw that with the strike that hit the bar (at 1-1). We're going to bring two or three players in which will hopefully strengthen us in key areas so we can build on what we've done this year and the foundations of the club as well, and hopefully we'll go from strength to strength.'