Ryman League North play-offs were never our priority, insists Dereham Town manager Henman

Matt Cook. Picture: SUBMITTED

Matt Cook. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Dereham Town boss Matt Henman is looking at the bigger picture after his side's play-off hopes appear to have died, writes Rene Kendal.

While it was only one defeat, and a narrow 1-0 one at that, Saturday's loss at Cheshunt leaves the Magpies, 11th, 13 points off the top five – having played more games than most of their rivals – with 15 matches to go. However, Henman was quick to point out that reaching the end-of-season shoot-out for promotion was not a priority for the club at the moment.

The Magpies manager, whose side host Tilbury in Ryman League North today, said: 'This season was all about concentrating on setting objectives and reaching the play-offs was not one of our main objectives. Yes, we obviously want to finish as high as we can but this season was all about bedding in a new group of players and building a new team for next season.'

Skipper Sam Borrer should be fit to return for Town although striker Luke Winter (knee) is a doubt. Also back from last week's county duty will be Robbie Linford and Seb Bialasik. Matt Cook, who was training with the country's national schools squad, is also available for selection.

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